I opened my eyes slowly. For some reason, the room seemed darker and cozier than normal, and getting out of bed was even more of an effort. Slowly, I shuffled toward the bathroom and on my way caught a glimpse of the outside world through my window. Oh my God, it’s snowing. No wonder it was hard getting out of bed. Somehow the body knows when it rains or snows and instinctually wants to burrow in.
It’s beautiful. The sky is bright and grey, a silver lining, speckled with small fluffs of white; soft winter butterflies fluttering gently to the ground. I peer at it, watching it fall; the houses almost surreal in their untouched new snow beauty. A snow globe all shook up.
If I close my eyes, I imagine a horse drawn carriage, a rosy cheeked family, puffs of cold laughter coming from their mouths that dissipate as they bring a cup of steaming cocoa to their lips. The cold is warm under the blankets and magical as it falls all around. Lovely. So lovely.
My block under cover of downy white looks like a postcard and later my kids will make it even more picturesque, sliding around outside, making forts, hurling snowballs. Their faces will turn red from the cold and exertion, their noses all a bit runny, their eyes glittering with excitement, and snow sparkling in their lashes and the locks of hair that have escaped from their hats.
They will slosh through my house afterwards, peeling off heavy boots and coats, leaving glistening chunks of snow all over my floor. They will strip off layer after laying of clothing for me to find like a scavenger hunt later on; a wet sock under the couch, underwear in a boot. They will cry that their fingers hurt and I will hold them tightly in mine until I can warm them up with my breath and a cup of hot chocolate.
We will all huddle together inside, warm and cozy, maybe light the fireplace that we almost never use. It’ll turn dark and colder, but the allure of shimmering snow in moonlight will be too much for the three little faces at the window, eyes widening at the sight. They will wait expectantly for their daddy to come home, wanting to go out in the winter wonderland again.
I will watch them by the screen door, tossing each other around like snowballs. I have no interest in being out there with them. I am mama bear. I hate the cold. I only love their delight. So I’m content to watch from my cave, knowing that soon, one by one they will come to me, either freezing or crying or both, and I will comfort them with my warm hug.
After hot showers, their faces and bodies now pink with warmth, we will tuck all their exhausted, excitement into bed; their happy voices drifting off into the quiet of falling snow.
Then I will sigh contentedly, go downstairs, do a hundred pounds of laundry and pray that it all melts by morning.
Love this one!!!
I enjoy a good snowfall once a year and I’m over it in about 24 minutes. Winter can be done any time now, please. It is fun for the kids though. They love this stuff.
24 minutes is about 23 minutes more than me. but yeah, the kids love it.
You make it sound so lovely. At this point I just wish scotty could beam the kids to school and back. It is soooooo coooooooollllddddddddd!
i know!! it is lovely, but i still can only appreciate it for about a minute. then it’s just annoying.. hate the cold!
I love snow, but we have gotten an insane amount already for this early in the season. Eventually every year I get burned out and totally exhausted from scraping ice off my car, salting my driveway, and contending with boots, hats and gloves. If I could just stay inside and watch it or run around and make snowmen, I would be happy as a clam. It’s the getting up and going to work and slogging through it that is the absolute worst.
i really don’t like the snow. in theory i think it’s fabulous, in reality i think it’s cold and annoying.
great descriptive story, loved it did you have off ?????? we had school and stupid after school activities nothing cancelled SOOOO annoying
You don’t go out there and play with them? Shame 😉
i know! i’m a bad mom! but i am so anti-cold. i freeeezzee!! i only have enough tolerance to eat the ice cream!! that’s all the cold i can handle!
Imagine it’s ice cream!! Speaking of, Baby C was picking up snow on the walk home and eating it. Then he says…YUM!
kids are weird.. i have one that just likes to eat butter. ew.
Okay. You win. This time.
or maybe he was imagining it was ice cream too!
That’s the only think I can figure.
I love it!
Haha no your descriptive story telling…I mean I guess i do like the cold too.
haha! thank you. 🙂
Looks so beautiful! I wish we had snow! 🙂
i guess it’s like that… wanting things you don’t have, right?
This is beautiful writing.
well, that made my day.