Let It Snow – Quebec City, October 2010

Let It Snow – Quebec City, October 2010

I can remember dreaming and scheming about multilevel snow forts. I was going to tunnel one out of the snow bank in front of my house just as soon as the snowploughs had passed. But when I was eight, my family joined the exodus of Anglophones leaving Quebec. We settled in Burlington, a quiet community bordering Lake Ontario. Winter became a much calmer affair and snow days were few and far between. Even today, a cool November day with a fine mist falling on green grass reminds me of Christmas morning in Southern Ontario.

Moving to Québec City reawakened my childhood relationship with snow. Sure, I don’t enjoy clearing a foot of snow off my car, especially when I’ve left my mittens in the house. And even though driving on snow-covered roads, with a hidden layer of black ice underneath, isn’t on my top ten list, I realize that it’s just another adult-oriented inconvenience made all the more irritating because I’m in a hurry to get things done. Anyway, Quebec City’s battalion of snowploughs make driving much more bearable (even if they do dump snow at the end of my driveway right after I finish shoveling). Oh, to be a kid again!

People are naturally drawn to the wonders of winter. Falling snow creates stillness. Waking up to find tree boughs bent low from the weight of a billion snowflakes awakens a feeling of insulated security. Ordinary landscapes are transformed into living Christmas cards that sparkle in the sunlight and twinkle in the twilight.

Snow can also bring out the best in us. Who hasn’t dug a trench or two for their children to duck into? Haven’t we all crossed a street in a storm to help dig out a stranger’s car? Or had a stranger help push our car out of a massive snow drift? And who hasn’t bragged about the year we REALLY got hit with a whopping amount of the white stuff?

Snowballs, snowmen, snow sculptures, snowstorms and yes, even snow days are on their way. Kids are waiting and so am I because if you live in Quebec City, ice, cold, sleet, slush and storms are all just synonyms for fun.

Categories: Opinion

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Jason Enlow

Jason Enlow is a Special Education Technician at an English elementary school. He was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Burlington, Ontario. Jason studied Radio and Television at Ryerson University in Toronto. His previous employers include CityTV, CBC, The Weather Network, and Global Television. He’s worked as a DJ, camera operator, musician, teacher, translator and video game content designer. Jason moved to Quebec City in 1997 where he still lives today with his wife and three sons.