Snow – A Soft and Silent Reminder That Things Always Change

 
“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.”
― Vesta M. Kelly
 

This morning I woke up to a winter wonderland. You know, when tree branches are still heavy with snow before the sun comes out and melts it.  I woke up to that kind of winter wonderland. Although we weren’t quite prepared and lost snow boots which left me with an impromptu visit to a store to find some, it still was the first we’ve experienced at this house. 

The first of many at this house. 

We had our first Thanksgiving at this house…and while I wasn’t quite feeling it, it went off without a hitch and drama free! It exceeded my expectations, which made for an even more pleasant weekend where we welcomed the impending 5 inches of powdery, cold fluffy flaky ground and tree decoration.  

The ground and tree decoration that my kids scream ecstatically for then give themselves face burns by eating too much of the stuff, or near frostbite by playing in it long after their gloves have fallen off and they can’t feel their toes.  

It’s funny how this excitement fades over the years. As a child, the sight of snow initiates a gleefulness you only see in adults if they’ve won the lottery. But as an adult, snow doesn’t give the same feeling.  As an adult you think about shoveling snow, all of it tracked in from the bottoms of boots and snow-suits, forever wet and muddy floors, always having to find that lost mitten or never really being okay with your child’s attire. They always seem to find the shorts and muscle shirts you’ve tried to pack away at the top of the closet, that somehow didn’t make it into the box. 

No snow does not carry the same weight with grown ups. 

It’s much more enjoyed curled up on the couch reading a good book with a cup of something hot to warm your hands.

It’s much more enjoyed when you can peek out and watch the snow fall off the treetops as the sun shines through making everything glisten like sand on a beach.

It’s much more fun to watch snow slide right off a branch from a tree hitting unsuspecting people below.

It’s much more enjoyed when you have a comforting soup on the stove and it’s certainly more enjoyed when you aren’t cold.

Cue thermal socks

extra blankets

aroma candles

always never-ending frozen hands and feet

warm fireplaces

hot cocoa

ear flaps

the snow blower

sleds

cindered roads

and canceled school days.

Tomorrow we shall sleep in, drink cocoa, watch Christmas movies …and eat more turkey sandwiches.

So welcome, the first snow of the season! My kids welcome you emphatically! 

I, however, am politely smiling from inside the windowpane enjoying your wintry views from a much warmer place, silently longing for the warmer days of spring, knowing winter has just begun. 

But I will remember this:

 
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
–Anne Bradstreet
 

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21 thoughts on “Snow – A Soft and Silent Reminder That Things Always Change

  1. You made me think about old memories…………… way back when we got snow around the first of November and did not see the ground till March……… We played outside every day and when we got cold we would go to who ever house was close to get warm and eat ………… MEMORIES

  2. How fun! I wish it would snow more often down here in Alabama. It looks so beautiful! I know it causes problems, but just an occasional snow would be so nice! Your kids look like they are having a blast! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Bullock’s Buzz. I love yours! looking forward to following along! Have a wonderful holiday season!

  3. Such an introspective post. I’m glad you were able to stay in the moment and enjoy Thanksgiving. On a completely different note – 5 inches of snow?!! Wow!

  4. ((Snow – A Soft And Silent Reminder That Things Always Change) Although the older I get, the more I really dislike snow. But it does have it’s way to melt your heart and make you witness it’s breath taking beauty.

  5. There’s so much to enjoy during the winter, but I love staying in and enjoying a good a book while drinking a hot cup of cocoa. It’s nice to see the kids so excited to play in the snow though!

  6. This is so much fun! I’m sure you were all excited since it’s a first aside from the fact that snow is really exciting for children, lol! I think it’s nice that everything went smoothly!

  7. This is definitely a helpful reminder. I feel like I’m a little in limbo with my career right now since my husband picked us up and moved across country and I had to leave my job back in California.

    But, like you said, these moments shall pass. We will reach a point where we are settled and I can start anew!

  8. I am not a fan of cold weather, but for some reason I’ve always liked snow. Probably goes back to snow days from school.

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