SOLC Day 1: A Mad, Magical Moment


March 2020 SOLC–Day 1
This month I’m participating in the Slice of Life Challenge (SOLC) to write about a small moment every day in March. A huge thank you to Two Writing Teachers for all that they do to create an amazing community of writers and a safe, welcoming space to write, learn, share and grow.

On Saturday afternoon, I lounged in the family room, lost in my mystery novel, enjoying a low-energy afternoon after an active, productive morning. At some point, I must have nodded off. When I woke, I still felt deliciously drowsy. I stretched and slowly opened my eyes.

I didn’t think I’d slept long, but the light that filled the room was definitely odd.  I yawned, shrugged off the throw blanket and walked over to the window to look outside. The sun was shining, but it was…snowing?


Suddenly wide awake, I plunged my feet into the nearest shoes, snatched up my camera and raced outside. The sun gleamed brightly through a bank of low clouds, but even as I watched, the snow flakes were falling faster and faster. It was stunning. Each flake glistened in the sky like glitter! I took a few pictures, well aware that I probably wouldn’t be able to capture the glorious light, the wonder of the moment.

After a few minutes, I raced back inside to grab my camera bag and a different lens. My husband looked up from his lazy afternoon couch position.

“It’s amazing out there!” I cried, then dashed out again.

I wandered about the yard, taking a picture now and then, slipping on the icy snow and grinning from ear to ear, transfixed by the sight. Snow flakes continued to fall, the sun shone, and the sky got bluer and bluer. It was a mad, magical moment.


I had wondered if my first small moment would be hard to find. If I’d regret signing up for the challenge this year. Instead, the moment drifted softly into my day. Precious and fleeting. Feeling a bit like a miracle.


17 thoughts on “SOLC Day 1: A Mad, Magical Moment

  1. Terje says:

    Your detailed slice made me catch your excitement for the falling snow. Nature provides many slices. We just have to notice the “wonder of the moment” as you said.

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  2. paulabourque says:

    We drove through this phenomenon on the way back from EdCampBoston yesterday. I tried to capture the changing sky with my iphone but I’ll just have to settle for memories (LOL). I love that you appreciate the small and beautiful little moments like this! A lovely slice to start my day!

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  3. Debbie Lynn says:

    Love how your small moment found you. I, too, will grab my camera and dash outside for any little something to take a picture of! 🙂

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m always dashing outside with my camera or pulling over to take a quick picture. I rarely leave home without my camera anymore.

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      • Debbie Lynn says:

        After reading your river post last week, I headed to the park with my camera on our walk. After 6-8 clicks and a half mile in, I saw a goose on the river bank and took a zoomed in photo. When I checked it to see if it was focused…I saw that I’d forgotten to put the disk back in the camera! Bummer…but lesson learned! haha

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        • mbhmaine says:

          Ugh! So frustrating! I’ve forgotten to change settings before and realized I just missed capturing a majestic eagle in flight because I was still in macro mode. I feel your pain, but I’m glad you got out with your camera–that’s always a win regardless of what the photos capture (or don’t!).


  4. Suzanne Richardson says:

    I love this! I have been hoping for snow in my area, and this year it seems we will miss it. Your post brought it home for me, and I truly feel I can see it and touch it; your description is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. This is such a beautiful, uplifting post. I feel as if I am there with you enjoying the sparkling snow!

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  6. Sue Grafton your mystery writer? Hannah is reading M is for Malice by SG. Turns out Sue G was from Santa Barbara and passed away just a year ago I believe in her nineties. Do you know the writing teacher/journalist/mentor to DR from the U of New Hampshire? Anyway. Sue Grafton was his favorite mystery writer.

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