I only had one Christmas wish this year, and that was to see (and show my infant son) some snow. Months of near-freezing weather just hasn't been freezing enough on the rainy days to bring about the fulfillment of such a thing—until today.
I awoke this morning as I do most mornings: to that of my fully alert and attention-seeking son crawling all over me until I too am as roused as he. This certainly takes some effort on his part, to which he seems more than happy to consistently provide each and every morning.
I drew the bedroom curtains back to reveal what was expected to be another gray Bulgarian day, giving little more than a foggy, cursory glance to the cold outside world.
A bit later, Tatiana and I were sitting on the bedroom couch, working on our laptops, when she looked over her shoulder suddenly exclaimed, "It's snowing!"
You can imagine my jubilation. It's been years and years since I've seen falling snow.
"QUICK! Who knows how long it'll last!" I blurted while going for my jacket and camera. "Let's get Aidric outside so he can see!"
So we bundled the little guy up and took him outside to experience his first snow flurry.
I enjoyed doing this so much, that I actually took him outside for a second time about two hours later (just after noon) to get more photos, when the light sprinkling of flurries had started coming down in proper, fluffy flakes.
The flat, concrete roof from the lower extension of the house provided a perfect balcony view (albeit without any sort of railing). Aidric was genuinely interested in the curious stuff falling around him, and was quite happy with it all until the wind started to pick up.
Now into the late evening, the snow hasn't stopped falling since it started this morning. It's beginning to accumulate nicely on the trees and rooftops, dusting an otherwise melancholy cityscape with a gorgeous covering of white. If it keeps up like this, it'll be several inches deep by morning.
It's a real shame we won't get to see or enjoy it though—we'll have to be on a bus and out of the city before dawn.