“Snow brings out the child in me and the puppy in him/her.” — Unknown
I’ve read this quote over the years, and am always reminded of it when we get our first substantial snow. Those of us who are responsible for digging out the winter gear and shoveling the walkways may pull the covers up over our heads that first morning. But the kids and the dogs? Nope, they are ready to go play!
There are a number of ranch kids of various ages, and there is no doubt that the first thing they want to do when it snows is to go play in it. Clara has been learning how to slide on snow for her future career as a ski guide. Maggie, the angsty teenager who likes to stay in bed all morning when possible, popped out of bed and ran outside that first morning of significant snow, and started throwing snowballs with glee. And then to see the dogs leaping in the snow and futilely trying to catch snowballs–all you can do is relish their pure joy.
What is it about snow that makes the landscape so stunning and the kids and dogs go nuts? To be fair, even some of the adults go nuts at first sight. It’s magical, these white crystals that fall out of the sky, pile up on the ground, and give us so many opportunities to play. If you have never spent time in the snow, actually playing and enjoying it, you’ve got to give it a try! If your kids have never experienced snow play, they need to see what it is all about!
Here’s to the start of winter and the many days ahead of us when we can frolic in the snow and enjoy the majesty of our winter wonderland. Bring it on. But, make sure there is a warm pot of coffee waiting for the dutiful soul who is out there shoveling the walkways with each storm!