As the sun began to set, and the cooler weather blew in bringing forth the end of another day, I had a pain in my heart. One could suppose, in light of all of this winter weather (we measured just over 8 inches at our house), my pain could be the sign of a heart attack. Fortunately, we don’t own a snow shovel, nor do we bother with shoveling snow. We just stay home and take full advantage of our once a year snow heaven from God.
Last night; however, for the first time ever, I was actually saddened by the thought of warmer weather. I had an ache for a continuation of our weekend, easily one of the best we’ve had as a family in a while. It’s not that we aren’t family focused. The majority of what we do, my husband and I, revolves our family and what we can do together. We hike, we bike, we do puzzles, watch movies, and read.
This past weekend, though, was a whole different scene.
When I was a child, we were given one chance per day to play in the snow. My mother was of the cleanliness variety and preferred to NOT clean up after her kids all the time. I can recall begging to go out, and while she would let us, we knew that it was a one shot deal. I had a wonderful childhood, so please don’t read into this as me complaining, but like every parent, I want my children to have more.
Friday, my husband worked from home, which meant I needed to keep our boys away from him. I did so by taking them out in the two inches of snow we had at that point. Snow down South is a novelty. It’s a once a year phenomenon that’s usually here today and gone tomorrow, so you have to take advantage of it when it’s here. Even if that means, playing in the two inches while it is also sleeting. Yep. Did that. Did my boys have fun? You betcha they did.
Saturday morning found us back outside after a night of over six inches of heavy snowfall. It was a winter wonderland to say the least. Two years ago, we received a few inches of snow. Henry was a mere 2 months old, unable to really understand what was going on. Davey was three and loved it. Last year we had another snowfall with a few inches. Once again Davey was in heaven. Henry? Not so much. This year was a whole different story.
My boys ran, they made snow angels, built a snowman, went sledding (even with mom here, who had never been sledding a day), made snow balls, and crawled around. Speaking of crawling around, my dear sweet Henry seemed to fashion himself as a WWII Allied soldier, as he belly crawled through the snow covered Ardennes. Seriously, he belly crawled a LOT.
My husband came out with us, so daddy joined in on the fun. We would spend a couple of hours outside, come in for hot chocolate and a snack, then go back out for another round. Nothing much we could do other than sit inside and watch tv, and we could do that any old day of the week. We can’t always enjoy this stuff and I guess that’s what makes me a bit sad.
I’m sad that this little piece of paradise will be gone soon. I’m sad that the boys won’t have it anymore. I want them to soak it all in (and they’ve done that both literally and figuratively). I loved seeing their faces, eyes wide with shock at the sight of all this white stuff. I laughed along with them as they belly laughed while sledding down the hill. I didn’t think about the next day or the day after (which I do a LOT since I’m a planner). I didn’t think about what we were going to eat or how much longer we were going to be outside. I couldn’t think about anything except that moment, each moment, when we were making memories.
For me, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. There is laundry to be done, a house to be cleaned, exercises, a dog, dishes, dinners to prepare, school work, you name it. There is always something in a day that doesn’t get done because there’s not enough time, and a lot of times I let those trivial things interfere with our moments, but not this weekend.
We’ll head back into reality tomorrow, as the boys must go back to school, but for right now I want them to relish this time. I want to hear their laughs, watch their adventures (they are snow warriors), and I want to time stamp and remember these very moments. I suppose that’s my pain I’m feeling. I suppose it’s the realization that another day, or days in this case, is in the history books, that my boys are days older, that one day this snow won’t hold the same level of excitement for them as it did this weekend. I’m hoping I still have a couple of years, but one never knows.
As I write this blog, I’ve decided to take a break and let them play by themselves in the backyard. They’ve piled up snow two feet high at the foot of their slide and are now sliding into it. They laugh and I can’t help but laugh and literally there is nothing else more important for me than this moment.
So, yeah, I’ll take a snow day every day. I’m probably one of the few stay at home moms who feels this way.