Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Cupid’s Snow


Perhaps it was nothing more than an errant arrow, meant to deliver Cupid’s usual dose of intoxicating love to some unsuspecting soul just in time for St. Valentine’s Day; an arrow intended to scratch a cold heart and turn everything bubble gum pink.

It could have been just a momentary distraction that caused his chubby little arm to slightly slip against the limb of his ancient bow - just a brief, tiny lapse in concentration that sent a shudder through the heavens as one wayward arrow flew off through the stratosphere, dreadfully off course, and straight into the side of a pillow shaped cloud that was placidly floating above us, on its way to deliver more snow to the north.

A scarlet arrow, that pierced the cloud’s middle with heart-shaped hole, sending its fluffy white cargo of feather shaped snowflakes down over our rooftops and into our gardens, washing us whiter than Lapland.

Perhaps that is all that it was. A mistake. After all it was the poor fellow’s busiest weekend, and mistakes do happen when one is too busy.

Or maybe, just maybe, that was not what it was at all.

Could it be the sweet archer meant this rare sight as a Valentine gift for us grey-swaddled southerners who usually spend wintertime only dreaming of snow?


If so, how can we ever adequately thank him for the beautiful sight that he gave us? We who spent our childhood winters longing for snowfall, who yearned to bring fat snowmen to life with orange carrot noses and black button eyes - we who wished for sleds and skates and snow angels. If it is true that this mischievous son of Aphrodite takes his work to heart, if he delights in bringing romance to the world each fourteenth of February, well he could not have done better this year.

For indeed, pure romance is taking a walk through the snow with your true love at midnight, when the clouds hang down low, stretching across the sky like glowing grey theatre curtains, closed tightly now after the day’s stellar performance of winter. It is standing together, hand in hand, in the midst of a silver white night, breathing in the cold, cold silence of snow. It is sharing a kiss under shining fir trees, whilst the rest of the world is asleep.

Midnight snow.

More romantic than diamonds or chocolates.

More poetic than a rose.

Mistake or not, Cupid did his job very well.


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And of course.... Edward enjoyed it too!



"People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy."

Anton Chekhov


33 comments:

  1. A totally romantic and revealing glimpse of your writing soul.

    Could you send a little of that snow to Florida?

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  2. Dear Pamela, A magical interpretation of snowfall related in the most romantic of ways totally appropriate to this, St. Valentine's Day.

    I do like the quotation from Chekhov, one of my favourite playwrights.

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  3. lovely photo, that walk in the woods with our loves, the seasons...true soulful images. and i'm lucky to have them sing to me today.
    we shall bundle up and head out tonight, for sure, hand in hand.

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  4. This would have to be one of the most beautiful photographs I have seen. Edward's face is just adorable.

    x Coty

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  5. Oh you two look so at home in the new snow. So apppealing!

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  6. I'm glad you enjoyed it so. Edward looks awfully regal.

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  7. Pamela - I'm growing tired of your posts! They're too short and I'm left wanting more. When can we expect a book of your wonderful stories and imaginings? Leigh

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  8. "..sending its fluffy white cargo of feather shaped snowflakes down over our rooftops.." I really like this line. Great picture too.

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  9. Your posts are like presents I look forward to opening every few days! I send my "heartfelt" thanks and good wishes to you and Edward. Enjoy the snow--more coming our way.
    By the way, the art that accompanies your posts is exquisite.

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  10. Such wonderful words and images of your special Valentine's Day gift of snowfall. I can see that both you and Edward thoroughly enjoyed discovering it:)

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  11. Pamela that really is the most beautiful photo...stunningly so.

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  12. You both look beautiful in the snow.
    Yes, the snow is very romantic indeed.
    I hope you Valentine's day was filled with love.

    xo
    Brooke

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  13. I knew you would place incredible thoughts, new thoughts, in my realm.

    It's grace seeing something known, in a new way, thru your words.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  14. I'm so happy you have snow. And you know what, I think you have more than we do!! Edward is so huggable! I loved your writing, as always. Have you ever published anywhere??

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  15. Very nice. I love the picture of you and your dog

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  16. that was lovely- and the Checkhov quote- just amazing

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  17. Two of the most beautiful photographs you have ever had on your blog Pamela. I love that dog to bits even from this distance.

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  18. You have such a beautiful blog, each and every post.

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  19. Oh my! We have, I think, the same coat!!!

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  20. just lovely. but I must admit, pictures of adorable fluffies always win my heart above all else!

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  21. I love this view of the southern snowstorm through your eyes...and you look very happy indeed...

    (my word verification below = wintries:)

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  22. So romantic ! You write so wonderful that I want to read more and more (and maybe about spring soon ?).
    The photo of you and Edward is lovely !

    xo
    Anci

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  23. Oh how beautiful Pamela. I'm all of a shiver !!
    .... and I just LOVE Edward. What a wonderful photograph of the two of you. XXXX

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  24. Gorgeous...I can see it.

    And poor Edward...do you use a hair dryer to get those little snow balls off of his feet. I remember them so well!

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  25. Hello from Vancouver!
    Lucky you with all that snow! I bet Edward loved it. Our dog always did....when we actually did get snow.

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  26. Once again you capture me with your beautiful words. And Edward- such a handsome, handsome boy with his lovely Mom.

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  27. I love the opening line..."an arrow intended to scratch a cold heart and turn everything bubblegum pink."

    You and Edward look like you have been plucked from a Victorian painting.

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  28. What a lovely photo of you and Edward! We had a a pretty dusting of snow last night, and it reminded me of your post. Hope you had a lovely Valentine's day!

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  29. beautifully put-what a beautiful photograph of you and Edward. Do you take a "bad" photo? I think not, and for that matter Edward either.pgt

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  30. Dear, lovely Pamela. You write the most enchanted stories. I am absolutely mesmerized! And that phot looks right out of a fairy tale.

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  31. What a beautiful post and photo of you and your poochy! I have a beloved Golden Retriever...wish I had a photo of the two of us that looked this stunning! Glad to have dicovered your blog!

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  32. So cute, You and Edward!
    Love the shadow patterns of the trees in the snow in the pic on top.

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  33. OMG your puppy is so cute and beautifully groomed.

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