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Friday, February 11, 2005

Amherst, 12.13pm

I'm sitting by the window and looking at the fresh snow that covered the pasture that was already out days before. Huge chunks of ice still kept falling from the trees, as if the snowing never ended. I can't help but feel humiliated. What good is this creation of God?

nothing but snow

Snow's not 'soft like cotton'. When snow comes, it comes in zillions zillions. It hits you in zillions zillions as if they were being sucked by a mega-power vacuum cleaner behind you. Your visibility goes down two times right away and some of them stick on you like irritating pests, causing your clothing to be soaked as soon as you enter the heated indoors.

I hate Snow. I really do. Its presence usually marks another lousy day for me. The temperature goes below freezing and forces one to stay indoors. I missed dinner last night, as I didn’t want to tussle with Snow…

Sylvan Area: I stay at the Cashin Hall, a ten-minute walk to the dining halls

the route I have to take from the dining hall to campus

I used to wake up everyday screaming ‘Hallelujah’. I hardly do that now, probably because I now have a roommate. I also used to pray a lot, but now, it’s tiring to even talk to myself.

It’s hard to grasp why I’ve not been able to feel the best since my arrival in Amherst. I would like to think it’s because of Snow. So at least, when I roll up the blinds and know she’s not there, I’ll know I’ll have a better day ahead.

better days: the same route but cleared of snow

But it seems like Snow isn’t the only one who’s responsible for putting me in depressed mode.

I really hate having two seminars for each of my four courses each week. I can’t take the workload very well. I hate it when university lecturers have to treat us like kids and take away our space and time to think and reflect. I also hate being in a college town... I’ve since understood the meaning of it. College town = University = Town and Town = College.

the campus

I’m looking forward for Sun to take over. I was told Snow would leave us for good in a month or so. I’m eagerly waiting for that day to come. It’s 14 weeks before I’ll leave for the Big Apple. By then, it would be summer. I think I would love it. Probably this is the only thing that will keep me going for now.

The cold is seeping in from the sides of the window as I’m typing this. I just rolled up the blinds to see if Snow was back… Thank God it’s Sun. But the cold Snow left behind is still hard to take. I’m on a fast today… so I’m going back to bed. It’s already 1.11p.m. I’m going back to bed. Probably I’ll read a book. I’ll read the book in bed. I need to get away from this cold. I’m counting down 14 weeks... 14 weeks to warmer days.

Count down with me.


At 8:23 PM, Blogger KeLvYn said...

Hei! Whoa... your pics are all so professionally taken lah! either that or your camera is damn good. hahaha.... anyway, when things get tough, "Always look on the bright side of life" yah? haha.... couldnt find the tag box, so i just have to do this and hope you get to see it!


At 8:45 PM, Blogger Phil Plasma said...

Yours was a really good writing and photo combo of someone who dislikes snow. I've lived in Canada all of my life and am quite familiar with both cold and snow, I don't mind either so much, but I don't think I could do as good a job as you did writing the positive about cold and snow as you did the negative.

At 1:00 AM, Blogger Grace Chen said...

Kel: I think it's my photo editing technique!

Phil: Thanks thanks.. I'm v flattered. I'll be going to Montreal in March. Hope the weather would be good there and then.

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