Snowy Summer Sales

Und leise rieselt der Schnee* … No. Not really. But it feels like it. It’s cold and wet. Rain instead of snow, softly drizzling for three days now, with intermittent stronger showers, a little thunder here and there, a smidgen of hail or even frozen patches causing vehicular mayhem on the interstate. All of us trapped beneath the dome of the steel gray firmament. 
*by Eduard Ebel (1839-1905) ‘softly falling snowflakes’
Remembering last year’s devastating drought so vividly in rich tones of brown earth, grey smears of ashes, choking caliche plumes and hot flames, no-one here in Central Texas would dare to actually complain about rain. However, it’s difficult not to whisper below one’s breath a secret longing for the warmth of Atenas, Costa Rica. There, Summer reigns, as we endure Winter rains here. Indeed, Costa Rica, though roughly 880 miles north of the equator aligns itself with the Southern Hemisphere in all things seasonal. The other day, I saw this ad in ‘The Tico Times’, a popular English language Costarricense publication.

252c3-screenshot2012-03-10at9-49-17pmSummer sale promotions are in full swing, now that all school-age children have, more or less reluctantly, returned to their institutions of learning after their two months Summer vacation from roughly mid-December to mid-February. Parents have time to shop! Stores like ‘Constru Plaza’ and ‘EPA’, the equivalents of ‘Lowe’s’ and ‘Home Depot’ in the US, are especially busy during these dry Summer months, the perfect time to pour concrete, lay roof shingles and install new windows. 

Meanwhile here in Texas the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services have sent me another little note. I am being instructed which original documents to bring with me to San Antonio when I’m called in for my civics test and interview. Which will hopefully be the next to the last step toward citizenship – the last one being the Naturalization Ceremony itself. In this note, it states “… USCIS has performed a complete review of your file and Application for Naturalization …”. HAS performed. I take that as a very encouraging sign! 


And as I write this, the cloud cover lifts and the last lingering pockets of mist are rapidly evaporating. Soon the sun will be strong enough to dry the day’s old dampness from the animal’s fur and mom and fawn will be able to graze in comfort.  


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