One-Way Winter

A mild bumper of snow is laid at the entrance of the driveway. The snowbanks are over five feet high in some places. The trees around the house dotted with loose powder which blow off in high winds. It’s the middle of February, but only now does it feel like the season is truly here.

Living in New Hampshire has a couple of perks. Perhaps the most notable is the beauty of the surrounding area in its coldest months. Perhaps we may be in the middle of the last winter, considering the circumstances of the world, but if this is the finale, I guess it’s not a bad way to go out.

And the snow days… oh boy. I missed two installments of my Engineering Physics class last week, and a third installment this week got cancelled because the teacher had some personal matters. I don’t know what they were, but they came at the worst possible time. I also missed a Chemistry class, and we don’t have class next week (it’s on a Monday… President’s Day), so that’s two whole weeks of no playing with the elements… different elements. It is pretty interesting how the season messes up our plans. We can’t avoid it, but we can change how we look upon it. And thankfully, because of technological advantages, we can plan around the gratuitous winter storms. As such, my Chemistry teacher has given us a do-at-home exam for Chapters 1 and 2 of this unit. I’ll do it at my earliest convenience… maybe. For that matter, I still need to figure out how some particular molecular calculations work.

Winter is great, between everything it does for the world. I want to make sure future generations have a chance to experience its quirks, and get benefits from its more powerful aspects.

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