"Wake up, it's snowing! Don't miss the view!" Those were my 13-year-old niece's words when she called me early this morning.
I felt pleasure and joy in her words, jumped out of my bed and ran to the window. It was much more beautiful than can be described; a scene I have not seen before in my lifetime in Baghdad.
My family used to call my niece Snow White because she has pale skin, very blue eyes, and dark hair – plus she was a fan of the cartoon. So today she was especially pleased, because for the first time she felt what the taste of snow was really like.
|An Iraqi man and his child enjoy light snow fall in Baghdad on Friday.|
Iraqi girls play in the snow in Sulaimaniyah, 260 kilometers (160 miles) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008.
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