Blizzard Badinage

By: Gabriela Yareliz

“What is something married couples and families do not have as much of, compared to college students?” asked my professor.

“Friends,” said the kid in front of me.

The class whispered some giggles.

I started out the day in Family Law. Apparently, being a law student is like working for the postal service; rain, sleet, sunshine–you are there in the grind. The glassy walls had us, the class, distracted as we watched how with every passing minute the city turned white. The snow has been falling nonstop since then. Our professor ended the class with a question, “How does one get syphilis?” Silence. Everyone looked out of the window walls at the snow hurricane outside, beckoning us to make our escape from the school. The professor replied, “I guess you need a day and a blizzard to think about it?”

*Students exited quickly*

There is a blizzard outside. The wind is howling. Long lines formed at stores today as people scrambled for water and non-perishable food. Snow has been coming down on us as if it’s being dumped. So, we have stocked up for the apocalypse, and now, we wait. A strange feeling of boredom and apathy seems to take over us when the weather is so perfect for sleeping and blankets. Hurricane Sandy flashbacks, anyone?

I am taking a break from my case reading for some frosty inspiration; a few of my favorite things.

1] Zidane, this man can melt away anything.

2] Are we ever “ready”?

“Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do them. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that–that’s what life is.” Amy Poehler



“Just by observing Jesus’s inner circle of friends, we see […] Jesus did not simply invite people who understood who he was. When he invited people to follow him, many began a journey that would slowly reveal how little they actually knew about him and who God really was.” Nathan Betts

5] What a pretty package.

6] Always look up because that is where it all is.

“Have you noticed how nobody ever looks up? Nobody looks at chimneys or trees against the sky, or the tops of buildings. Everybody just looks down at the pavement or their shoes. The whole world could pass them by and most people wouldn’t notice.” Julie Andrews Edwards

“Believe it is possible to solve your problem. Tremendous things happen to the believer. So believe the answer will come. It will.” Norman Vincent Peale
10] Juicing withdraws.
 “Don’t waste sunsets with people who will be gone by sunrise.”
“If you want to get warm, you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet, you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.” C.S. Lewis
“The strongest people aren’t always the people who win, but the people who don’t give up when they lose.” Ashley Hodgeson
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” Albert Camus
[Boulevard des Capucines, Claude Monet, 1873]
“To a great mind, nothing is little.” Sherlock Holmes
[Images from Tumblr]

Published by Gabriela Yareliz

Gabriela is a writer, editor and attorney. She loves the art of storytelling, and she is based in NYC.

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