I feel bad because just now I am writing about my first snow experience, even though the snow happened almost a month ago. Seeing snow is definitely on my list of things I was really excited about when I move to America. I had never seen snow in my life before, because it never snows in Hanoi. The coldest winter I had ever experienced was 11 degree Celsius which is about 52 degree Fahrenheit. Despite everyone scaring me about the coldness in Winter in America, I was still very excited to see snow. And my wish came true about one month ago, which was the end of October, the first SNOW of the year came! My father-in-law always tells me whenever it is cold outside: Winter is coming. So he is my weather man who told me we will have snow on that day. I was so excited that I constantly looked out of our window to see if there was any snow. But in the morning, it was just raining. When it started snowing a little bit, I told Ben I wanted to go out. I had my winter coat, which my mother-in-law bought for me a month before so I was warm. We went outside of our house and took pictures in the snow. Actually it was really heavy, wet snow. Since the next day was our Wedding Brunch that Ben's parents prepared for us, so we went to buy a new shirt for Ben to wear for the next day. Right after we got out of the Mall, I was sooooo surprised to see all the cars coming had so much snow on the top of their roofs. Then as soon as we drove out of the parking lot, OH MY GOD, everything was covered by SNOW. I scream so loud in the car: It is snowing! Oh my god it is so white! We are in the North Pole! Ben thought I was crazy. But that was really cool for me seeing snow the first time. It is so different from seeing snow in the movies.
I really enjoyed the snow all the way as we drove home. The town totally became white, I did not recognize it at all. I wanted to touch the snow so badly. When we got home, I took a full hand of snow and brought it in our house. Then Ben told me to give to his dad, so I smashed the whole snowball into my father-in-law's chest. In return, he smashed the snow back into my face. It was really cold and everyone laughed at me so badly.
I was so happy seeing snow for that whole afternoon and took a lot of pictures. Suddenly, we heard something fell down in our backyard; it was a branch from a tree. Then one branch after another kept falling down because the snow was too heavy. We all noticed that since it was still in October so all the trees had a lot of leaves, so all the snow stayed on the trees and made them very heavy. We had some relatives come over to say hi before the brunch the next day and they said there were so many trees on every street in Livingston. We started feeling worried when we heard from our relatives and neighbors that they lost their power. We were still lucky to have electricity until late that night, even though a big branch fell on the wire in front of our house that afternoon.
So my first snow experience was a big snow storm on October. It was worse that the place we planned to have our wedding brunch had no power and generator, so we had to cancelled our party. Ben and I both felt very sorry for Ben's mom because she prepared so much for our party. It was really unlucky that the next day was a beautiful and sunny day. We walked around our neighborhood, but it looked like a disaster: trees and wires were all over the road, everything was covered by snow. We even saw a tree which was separated in half and a huge tree on the ground. My excitement changed to be worried now. We really did not have power for the next 5 days. It was freezing in our house. I guess I was not used to coldness like that in my life.
I really hope next time I see snow, it will not be scary like that time.