Winter And The Last Weekly Photo Challenge For 2011
Unbelievably, this is the last challenge before we officially leave 2011 and face the positive prospects of 2012. It has been a beautiful, colorful and inspiring journey for all of us who made the weekly challenge a part of our blogger life. It gave our blogging path a new meaning and gave us a rare chance to discover blogger friends who are all generous and talented.
Yes, it is a memorable 2011. Bad or good, it is still a year to remember. Not only did we conquer our personal life challenges but we were able to rise up better, stronger than ever. In the midst of this triumph, our family, friends including our blogging buddies walked with us in full support. That alone is a reason to celebrate and be thankful for.
So, what does it have to do with Winter? I’m just as clueless! Just kidding.
Winter is a time to hibernate, to slow down, to gather food and resources to last us through the bitter cold and snow. It is a challenging season, all agricultural crops die and what’s left are barren trees covered with ice. It is during this time some people get lonely and depressed. Can’t blame them at all. Just looking outside my window with hardly any visibility due to a dense fog, I can’t help but feel the gloom myself. But before it dampens my mood, let me lit up an imaginary fire and tell you a story why Winter can be as warm and cozy like the Summer’s campfire memories.
It Snowed In Houston Days Before Christmas In 2009
One of the most unforgettable Winter Holiday Season that me and my family had was in 2009. It was a year of bountiful blessings. I just got transferred to a less stressful job, we also had a wonderful short vacation in Orlando, Florida‘s Disney World from the extra money we saved, everyone turned out healthy after a bout of allergies that Spring and Fall flew in, a treasured visit from my wife’s parents happened and topping the highlights of the year, snow came to Houston for one day, just before Christmas when normally it does not snow in this side of town. It was in its true essence, Winter. We made snow balls, experienced what “snow angels” meant and built a snow man with a blue scarf and funny looking Oak tree twig nose.
In all the fun events happening that day, what made it truly a happy occasion is that I had my family and friends to share the magic moment with. After the snow melted and Mr. Snowman turned into a puddle of water, there was still the love and affection of my family to warm that very cold Winter of 2009. The warmth of their smiles, hugs and kisses made that Winter a season of meaning and inspiration. This is my Winter story that to this day brings joy to my heart when it longs to be lit up.
What is your Winter Story? Hope to see you all in next year’s Weekly Photo Challenge.
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