Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

The Unexpected


Snow“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.”  ~ Boris Pasternak

Life is full of unexpected events some make us happy, while others bring a sense of sadness, like the unexpected passing of a family member or loved one. When I’m having a rough day, I try to focus on the happy unexpected events in my life; getting a call from an old friend, the return of the hummingbirds in May, or finding a ten dollar bill tucked away in the unused compartment of my wallet.

Last weekend we had an unexpected event in Charlotte, North Carolina…snow. If the storm had arrived during the week, it would have been an unhappy event. It would have meant commuting to work in dangerous conditions and walking through the streets of downtown praying I won’t slip and fall. But, in perfect timing, it arrived Saturday evening when we were home safe and cozy.

It began as huge down feathers dropping from the sky, melting on contact with the ground. Within minutes, it became a wall of white. It was a blizzard! Okay, not really a blizzard, it only lasted about 45 minutes, but had it continued, the snow deprived children of Charlotte would have been thrilled. Unfortunately, the 2-3 inches of snow that sculptured a beautiful scene melted by noon the next day. That’s life in the South, I suppose.

Watching the snow, feeling like a young child hoping to hear schools are closed, my emotions had changed in an instant. I had gone from quietly watching the local news, feeling sadness in my heart from the stories, to running from window to window and peeking out the door. At that moment, my beliefs were reinforced, that no matter how many unhappy events come around in my life, I will continue to believe that the unexpected jolt of happiness and surprise is right around the corner. This belief has always gotten me through the difficult times and will continue to do so in the future.


Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

24 thoughts on “The Unexpected

  1. I’m a Chicagoan, so snow is no novelty here, but there is something special about an impending snow storm. Stuck in the warm, safe house, knowing there is no need to leave, to just watch the beauty of it falling. Lovely photo above.


  2. I echo Gwen…I’m in Pennsylvania and snow is a given this time of year – although Chicago seems to be getting more of it this year. To this day I have an excited, edgy feeling when snow is coming. I don’t enjoy driving in it, but distinctly recall what we refer to as the snowpocalipse of 2010. I had a 300 mile drive home from a meeting for work that started out with no snow and I arrived in my hometown just as it was really starting to come down. By the time I arrived in my neighborhood there was about 8 inches on the ground already. Four-wheel drive safely engaged I actually kinda enjoyed the thrill of figuring out how to navigate to my house, up and down hills, testing my driving skills in a safe environment. Those little things that signal even a brief moment of positive thought are so important in life.


  3. Like your other commenters, I get enough of the fluffy white stuff to satisfy me, and then some. Still, that first hour of snowfall has a magical quality. I think it’s the muting effect snow has on the noise pollution we get so used to. Suddenly, everything quiets down and all you hear is the soft hiss of snowflakes falling.


    • I think you hit the nail on the head, Eric. We have so much noise in our lives but when the first flakes begin to fall, things go quiet. “Hiss” is exactly what I heard when I stepped out into the back yard ~ thanks for reminding me. 🙂


  4. Your post made me feel warm! Nicely done. Thanks for sharing your lovely thoughts.


  5. These are beautiful thoughts, Jill and I love it when nature puts on a nice display to put a smile on our face! I’d love some snow here right now in the tropics – it’s very warn indeed! 😀


  6. That’s about the same sort of snow we get here; not very often, and lasting a short time. But it’s so beautiful; those are great photos, and a lovely post to go along with them. 🙂


  7. I love snow!! I’m glad you were able to kick back at home and truly enjoy it. 🙂


  8. Beautiful post! I live in sunny CA so I miss the snow…I recently went back east to visit my parents and got to enjoy that feeling of seeing the world wrapped in white again. Strangely I even enjoyed shoveling – I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder. 😉


    • Thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you got your shoveling fix in while visiting your family. Well, you wouldn’t be able to do too much shoveling in Charlotte….we don’t even own a snow shovel! 🙂 Typically when we have snow it’s gone the next day.


  9. So happy to share some snowy weather with our southern neighbors. I know you’ll be happy for spring like me, though. 🙂


  10. An impressive snow storm has always lifted my mood. Granted, if we ever got an impressive snow storm out here in the south bay California, I might take it as a less than hopeful sign. 😉

    Thank you for sharing your picture, it made my day a little brighter.


  11. Snow in N.C. ..Bet there are no snow ploughs there! 🙂 I like the fresh new snow and the snow covered trees. We do get a lot in NY here! 🙂


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