There is an ice storm that has gone through Central Tennessee where I live, and I understand it will be followed by a snow storm so life is a little different today than it was this time last week. Snow and ice always remind me of my youth. For me snow days mean family fun days. Well, they always did when I was growing up anyway. I am pretty sure they also meant family work days, but for some reason I recall the fun days more than the work days. Growing up in Nebraska, I am certain there was plenty of work. We had animals, and they need to be cared for in the heat, cold, snow, and ice. There is nothing like chipping the ice for the animals to have water in a Nebraska winter… can you say cold? Then, of course, there would have been walks that needed cleaned and a driveway to clean. Mom was a nurse, and hospitals don’t call off when there is snow. I am sure there was plenty to do. But that is not what I recall, I am also certain that my recollections have a great deal to do with how life was presented to me, mom was good at creating fun from nothings.
I recall playing in the snow until your nose and fingers were so cold you couldn’t stand it. We would come in after our gloves, coat, hat and boots are soaking wet and lay them on a chair in front of the wood burning fireplace. You know, the fireplace full of the wood you helped haul earlier with the fire that you helped build – I’m telling you there was plenty of family work going on. And we could always expect to go upstairs to hot chocolate and puzzles. I haven’t a clue why, but I seem to recall that we would have had a puzzle going for snow days. It would not be long until we were ready to go back out again, usually before our outer wear was dry, but mom would always find us another set. There were snowballs to be thrown and snow forts to build. We once built an igloo by the side of the house, crazy right? Nope, just a good old Nebraska snow drift. Winter fun at it’s finest.
As a mom, I look at those days with a little bit of amazement. How in the world did my parents always make it look so easy? Have you ever noticed the work that goes into being a parent? Have you ever stopped to appreciate your own parents? I have not done that nearly enough. Mom and dad, I appreciate you, beyond words. (They will read this, usually before you do, I am eternally grateful for you both.) What about yourself, have you stopped and thought “today was a good day, I did alright?” Sometimes it feels like we strive for perfection and are willing to accept nothing short of that. I am all for striving for improvement, but perfection? Nope, not going to hit it and it is not my goal. Happiness, growth, contentment, and love those are some of my goals.
Making Memories Today
What about you? What are you working towards and how are you doing on it? I hope your days are similar to my childhood snow days were: sure there was work, but there was fun too and the fun outweighed the work. My memories are of the fun. Take some time today and create some fun memories for yourself and your family. Go out and play, get some pictures, slide in the grass, open the curtain and look at the beauty, play a game, build a puzzle, and have some hot chocolate. Just enjoy your family. Later, when life moves on you will be glad you did. For today, stay warm and bundle up if you go outside. I think it’s time for some hot chocolate over here. Thanks for spending part of your day with me. Be blessed friends.