Venture out in 8-3 snow storm

A white, stormy Women's Day.

A white, stormy Women’s Day.

I know it is treacherous to take a walk in the snow storm but I still want to leave the house this morning for Stop and Shop, 0.5 mile away.

I want to enjoy the snow because I don’t have much chance to see the snowfall in Boston any more. I want to know how streets look in the snow storm. I want to know how hard to navigate the streets on foot on the thick snow. I want to taste the snow flakes blowing into my face. And I want to buy myself some flowers on the Women’s Day, March 8.

This is not the first time I actually walk in the snow. Yesterday, it was snowing though not as heavily as today. In stead of taking a bus to the subway station as usual, I opted to walk under an umbrella I borrowed from my landlord. And I learned a lesson that NEVER covers myself with the umbrella in the snow.

The strong wind broke the umbrella not before I got to the station. And the wind destroyed it when I awaited a green traffic light in front of Berklee College of Music, three minutes walk from The Christian Science Monitor with which I am interning.

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I feel sorry for not bring the intact umbrella home. This umbrella is much stronger than mine.

I feel sorry for not bring the intact umbrella home. This umbrella is much stronger than mine.

For yesterday’s bitter experience, I don’t dare to bring anything with me to the supermarket this morning. Walk in the snow storm, I am only afraid of a slip-up which I experience painfully already on the day I left for the airport for a trip home in early January.

With three layers of clothing, a scarf on my neck, a fur hood on my head and a long hooded coat, I head to Stop and Shop. The road from home to the main street looks almost empty, except for a neighboring couple shoveling snow on their driveway. Everything looks so white and so pure. I just don’t want to step on the snow for I don’t want to make it dirty.

Because the sidewalk is full of thick snow, I have to walk in the street. It is challenging to get a grip on the slippery and compact snow. I try to find someone else’s footsteps to walk in but there are almost no tread marks near the pavement. Lucky me, a big, yellow front-end loader shows up from a far and leaves wheel marks on its way. I feel much secure stepping on the wheel marks.

On the way, I keep wondering if Stop and Shop is closed on a stormy snow day because the landlady told me that her nephew stays home today for his school is closed.

At last I get there after 20 minutes walk. A big snow pile blocks the entrance for pedestrians. I think part of the snow pile belongs to the last snow storm because I notice a lot of dirt inside. I have to climb over it. I am glad that I make it to Stop and Shop without any tumble.

I am glad that Stop and Shop opens. Photo by Mai Ngoc Chau

I am glad that Stop and Shop opens. Photo by Mai Ngoc Chau

I leaves Stop and Shop around noon. Photo by Mai Ngoc Chau

I leaves Stop and Shop around noon. Photo by Mai Ngoc Chau

Inside Stop and Shop, I am glad to find an affordable and beautiful pot of tulips, my favorite flowers and chat with a Vietnamese banker at Citizens Bank. I intend to buy a few fruits and veggies but I end up purchasing a lot of stuff which makes me worried about how I will be able to bring them home at a time.

Tulips for me and all my girl friends on our March 8.

Tulips for me and all my girl friends on our March 8.

The way home is much challenging when a pot of tulips is on one hand and six heavy bags on both hands. There are some times I thought I couldn’t arrive home with all the things I bought. I have to stop several times for a breath, for a rest on my hands and for more snow photos.

The way home is really challenging to me.

The way home is really challenging to me.

Seeing me standing breathing with a lot of bags on the snow, a nice man approaches and offers his helping hand. His kindness warms me.

Home is so close now and again empty.

Home is so close now and again empty.

When I am getting closer to my home, my landlord and my roommate are shoveling snow in the driveway. I get into the house and the clock in the kitchen stands at 12:15. It keeps snowing until this early afternoon.

My trip to Stop and Shop, taking almost three hours, helps me learn some experience navigating in the snowy streets. It is a real challenge but what matters is that I make it safely and enjoyably .

Up to 22 inches of snow fell in parts of Massachusetts, heavier than projected and this morning’s commute is a mess, USA Today reports.

Now the second snow storm I have seen in Boston clears out. Maybe it is the last snowfall in this Winter. The last snowfall I enjoy before saying goodbye to Boston.

Alone in the snow. Photo is taken in the Boston Common Park in front of my school.

Alone in the snow. Photo is taken in the Boston Common Park in front of my school.

A corner of the Boston Common Park. It is always beautiful in whatever season.

A corner of the Boston Common Park. It is always beautiful in whatever season.

(A stormy snow day of 8-3-2013)

2 thoughts on “Venture out in 8-3 snow storm

  1. Hi Chau! Thanks for your tulips in a warm shop during a heavy storm on Women’s day from a foreign country. Really enjoy reading your story and watching your pictures. Your lonely feeling is exposed so clearly in the writing that you forgot to ask somebody to take your own picture and it’s a bit regretful that you did not take the picture with/of the kind man. Take more time to enjoy the snow and pls bring some to VN for me as i’ve never seen it even in dreams🙂. Take care and good luck to you, my dear friend!

    • Thanks Hậu for enjoying my blog. Another snow storm is falling right now. It made my wish come true because I do want to make a snowman and snow-woman. I will make it tomorrow hopefully. I am glad to see you part of social media now. See you in the next months.

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