The First Snow

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The first snow of the season fell today.

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Normally, the first snow is little more than a few flakes, but today it fell. And fell. And fell.

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I went out to the balcony to smell the snow on the air, that fresh, crisp laundry scent that comes across the wind on quiet days when the traffic is low.

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The breeze blew briskly enough that the snow remained, piling up on the curled, dry leaves that still held onto branches, and for the first time in many years, I did not cry with the first sign of winter.

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It instead made the indoors with ramen noodles and hot coffee all the more satisfying.