A New Winter Ritual

Snow col­lect­ed on the grass last night.

This makes me dream of week­end morn­ings in my liv­ing room, tea and a lap­top, look­ing out to a blan­ket of white. Dolly curled up on the arm­rest next to me, as she always is. No oth­er con­trast feels as cozy.

Ritual dic­tates that I watch Onegin or Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind on the day of the first snow­fall, a trib­ute to win­ter scenes and warm romance.

This year, I’ll buy myself some skates. I’ll pack a snack and some water. Maybe my cam­era in case an image catch­es my fan­cy.

As the strings shud­der and the beats go on, I’ll carve a lit­tle path for myself on the canal, and burn beneath the orange sky.

And this will be my new rit­u­al.


  1. I watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind just once… can’t bear to watch it again.

  2. Too sad? Too painful? Too poignant?

  3. Eternal Sunshine gets my vote.

    It has­n’t got­ten cold enough here in years to go skat­ing on any of the near­by lakes and ponds. I applaud your idea. Do it! Take your mar­velous pho­tos and I can live vic­ar­i­ous­ly through you.

    I’m x‑ing my fin­gers in hopes the win­ter here won’t be wimpy–I sim­ply MUST go sled­ding.

  4. @sikander — But those are exact­ly the rea­son’s why it’s so good and worth watch­ing again!

    @Maeko — Canadian win­ter is some­thing that should def­i­nite­ly not be missed. It’s one of the rea­sons why I think I’ll stay in this coun­try for the rest of my life. Funny to think of some­one liv­ing vic­ar­i­ous­ly through me.

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