Monday, April 6, 2009

This is April? Part 2

This morning we woke up to a full-out blizzard. Within minutes, all the green that we had been savouring just yesterday got buried by a few inches of soppy white stuff.

Needless to say, we weren't pleased. Well, some of us weren't.

As Lucas and I sat at the kitchen table grumbling over our morning coffee about how we couldn't possibly believe it was actually snowing (big tufts of it too), Ella turned to us with a sparkle in her eye and exclaimed, "Yay -- I get to make snow angels!"

And make snow angels she did. And a snow man. And snow balls...

As I sit here watching her play from my office window, I'm simply amazed at how young children truly exist in the moment. We adults get so grumpy over things we can't change such as weather or the economy or even little things like having to shovel more snow.

We spout platitudes such as, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade" -- but there's this implicit sense of intent, like this is what we should do.

Kids just do.

So while I still might not like our surprise snowfall, at least I have a new appreciation for it. Or perhaps for the simple joy it brings to one of the little people in my life.


Mungo said...

"There's no bad weather, just bad clothing."
Mungo, quoted one snowy afternoon.

Heidi said...

Thank you. I was only seeing the delay to my gardening plans, and not noticing the beauty or the fact that I like snow! And it is certainly going to be more fun walking the dogs in the snow today than it was in the rain yesterday!

Chicken Mama said...

That last picture is adorable. :)

And, yes, we DO need to all learn to live in the moment more. Sure, something horrible might come down the pike tomorrow, but am I cozy and comfortable right now? Yup. And, really, what more can / should we expect?!

P.S. Late seasons snows are 'the poor man's fertilizer'! said...

Poor man's fertilizer, you say? Well if that's true, with all this snow (and don't forget the donkey poop) I'm a very rich poor (wo)man indeed!

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