I’ve had this big smile on my face since that snowfall on Boxing Day.
Alas, the milder temperatures are slowly melting away much of that beautiful white carpet and the smile as well, it saddens me to say.
I hope that Boxing Day blast was not the end of our winter. But if it was, well, it’s one more than we got all last year and it sure was fun while it lasted.
So was the smile.
I’m guessing I’m not the only one around here who feels that way.
I came across countless others in my neighborhood with the same look on their faces over the holidays. Big smiles were on plentiful display, particularly in Cedarvale Ravine, which was jam-packed with them throughout the break.
There were big smiling joggers.
There were big smiling baby stroller pushers.
There were big smiling cross country skiers.
There were big smiling bird-watchers.
There were big smiling people walking their dogs.
There were big smiling dogs walking their people.
There were big smiling rabbits.
A big smiling fox made a cameo appearance.
And big smiling hockey players and big smiling pleasure skaters were abundant in the new big smiling outdoor rink.
Yeah, Cedarvale Ravine was a veritable big smilefest, alright.
But the highlight for me. hands down, was the big smiling kids tobogganing. When it came to big smiles, these kids were in a class all their own.
I had to take my hat off to them. Actually, for the record, it wasn’t a hat, it was a tuque. And I didn’t really take it off. I don’t dare take off a tuque in company. My hair’s nothing to write home about at the best of times, but after a tuque comes off? Fuggedaboutit. It just looks plain weird.
But I digress. Back to the tobogganers.
They had some wild moves, these kids. I used to love tobogganing when I was their age but I don’t remember doing of any of the fancy stuff they were doing. During the entire time I was watching I don’t think I saw any of them go downhill in the conventional way.
They went face first, backwards, sideways, upside down, downside up; they did spinneramas, they went over mini-jumps. They were truly a sight to behold.
And the best part of the sight I was beholding? Their unmistakable facial expressions throughout it all. They raised the bar for snow-induced big smiles. They took them to a whole new level.
I can’t wait for it to snow again to see if I can match their output.
But I know I’ve got my work cut out for me. They’re going to be a tough act to follow. And for the simplest of reasons. You see, it wasn’t an act at all.
As one who has experienced a lifetime of big winter smiles, they flow naturally. They just to seem to come with the snow-covered territory.