This winter, my city received an unexpected snowfall. An exciting event since the last time it happened was over a decade ago. What made it even more special was that this snow was not predicted. It caught the whole city unexpectedly, unpredictably, and completely by surprise. The snow began falling around 4:30 pm and continued until about 8:30 pm. It wasn’t just any snow, but the kind that falls in big fluffy flakes, that you try to catch on your tongue. As you’re driving, it swirls and falls from the sky and it looks like you are watching the beginning credits from the Star Wars movie in front of your car window.
When it began I was sitting in the hair salon, having my hair colored, (do not judge) when all the technicians went outside to see the snowfall. Imagine, me in a chair, hair foiled and watching them mass exodus out into the parking lot. As the technicians looked up at the snow, some tried to catch it, and others twirled in its presence. Many exclaimed that this was the first time that they had even encountered snow. And, then it hit me. There was no escaping what we were experiencing. It was a sense of awe - a sense of wonder.
That evening, parents allowed their children to stay up and play in it. They let them go sledding, build snowpersons and be a part of this wonderful exciting unexpected event as Austin went from a city scene to a winter wonderland in a few short hours.