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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