In classrooms with new Canadians in them, the first snowfall is particularly thrilling.
She was giddy with excitement: She wanted to know everything about this strange white substance – when it melted into water, would the snow freeze, and could we skate on it outside at recess? Could we make snow angels? Had I ever seen snow before? The class surrounded her at the window – all lessons were stopped while we indulged her (and our!) exhilaration.
Later, once the children were working at their desks again, I heard the new student murmuring to her neighbour in the class, “Oh, I have to stop thinking about the snow, I am so excited, I can’t work!”
The months ahead may be slushy and irritating, and by March we’ll be desperate for the snow to end, but for now, I, too, can’t work as I look outside and enjoy the first snowfall of 2011.