Televised newscast in the background, me: half-listening, not watching; engrossed in what I was composing on the laptop; upright screen blocking my television vision.
… “It’s snow wonder…”
Curiosity piqued, I stop typing, literally sticking my neck out to see the televised “snow wonder” …
Putting audio and video together, I soon realized that while I obviously had snow on the brain, the reporter didn’t….
Instant mental gymnastics replay, and:
“It’s no wonder…”
And that hearing-realization led to this play on the reporter’s expression:
Even though I preferred using the alliterative “surprise,” rather than the reporter’s “wonder,” I haven’t given up trying to make that work… maybe next week…
Who snows! …I mean who knows!
p.s. I’m always second-guessing–especially my use of punctuation (punctuation lover that I am). Please indulge me, if you would. More effective last line ditching ellipsis; replacing exclamation mark with colon?
It’s no surprise: no school!
I like the exclamation point better than the semicolon myself. Nice picture. Is that your house or neighborhood?
Thank you for taking time to weigh in on the punctuation options:) …It’s our neighboring neighborhood; we’re at the bottom of the hill and they’re at the top. Believe it or not, they’re about 250 feet higher and get more snow. Thanks for noticing and asking! God bless you. …And hope you and your daughter enjoy every moment of your shared special day!
Thanks! Posting it was a surprise, and she is jazzed this morning. Have a great day!
You’ve gifted her and us! Thank you!
Thanks for your kind words. Hope your weekend is lovely.
Love the photo and your play on words. I like the exclamation mark better than the ellipsis, too. But I really like “snow wonder” I guess snow always seems like a wonder to me. (I’m looking at a lovely one right now where each branch is frosted with snow.) My suggestion would be to go with It’s snow wonder; no school today! or something like that. Of course if you live in a region where you rarely get snow, “surprise” might be better. I commend you for working with your serendipitous inspiration. 🙂
Thank you for investing so much time in helping me grow …How simple; how brilliant: It’s snow wonder; no school today! ..Thank you; I love it! …Meanwhile, I haven’t given up: I’m playing with a “snow wonder” for next Friday. We, too, woke up to snow this morning; as long as I don’t need to drive in it, I can calmly appreciate the beauty of it. Thank you again so very much! God bless you.
Love ‘snow surprise (I put in the apostrophe) & the play you’ve had with words, CB. Listening half-way to the newscast & finding a poem there is a great story.
Thank you for taking time, with all your hostessing responsibilities, to share your thoughts, which have given me a smile. Thank you! God bless you…Thanks again for hostessing!
So playful! Thanks for sharing. Re. ellipses, I tend to overuse them myself. I usually just write, then go back and take out some…. ;0)
I love your advice. Thank you for taking time to share. God bless; glad you liked the playfulness…
Looks like you had fun playing in the snow!
Was this today, cb. We only had a dusting and that was fine with us since we had our Long Island Literacy Conference today. I do like the 2nd version. If you want to send it to me for the gallery, I can add it in and see which ones you like the best.
We had enough to result in a 50 car pileup on the highway, but obviously not enough to get people to drive slower!
I prefer the colon version. It’s more emphatic. For me, ellipses imply indecision or something to be continued. No school is NO SCHOOL! Shout it out.
So sorry about the pileup; so sad & true about “obviously not enough…” Thank you very much for taking time to read and to share your druthers! I love it: “No school is NO SCHOOL! Shout it out.” Amen!!!!! God bless you; stay safe on and off the highways!
Great aha moment— snow wonder/no wonder! My less than perfect hearing definitely benefits me creatively (though it’s a nuisance the rest of the time).
I hear ya! (No pun intended:)…You just are so wonderfully witty! Thanks for reading, and thanks for leaving me smiling!