Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Snow Day

Back when Josh was a little chunk with a round face and "rubber band" wrists, I used to remind myself to enjoy the season. When he would wake up in the middle of the night, I would try to remember that soon the day would come when I wouldn't have sweet times of silence in a moonlit bedroom to cuddle with my sweet boy and feel his baby breaths on my neck as he fell back asleep. One day he would be too old to play peek-a-boo with his crib bumper and he would no longer squeal with delight each time he discovered me.

It's always a temptation to want to get past the current season, rather than savoring it and storing away snapshots in my mind. Fully living out the moments is difficult when there's so much to be accomplished on any given day. Sometimes I don't leave enough room for the special moments.


Almost 10 years later, I'm in a different season with Josh. I don't do multiple loads of laundry with clothes covered in spit up and diaper blow outs. The weary walks down the hall in the middle of the night to answer a desperate cry are few and far between. He won't sit still long enough to cuddle. That time has melted away.


It's like a snow day. I've been to the snow, but I had never experienced a snow day until a snow truck came to Jason's preschool. The children sat and looked on in awe as it "snowed" a layer of beautiful, sparkling white powder and formed an icy carpet, just waiting for little rubber boots to come and make prints.



Jason had his time....


He laughed and frolicked.


He chased his friends with hastily made balls of fluff.


He reveled in the moment and I delighted in his happiness.


I couldn't help but want Josh to experience the wonderland as well, so I took him on a surprise date after school. I told him that we had something far more important to do than his homework that afternoon. His eyes widened as he wondered what could be more pressing than completing his projects.


This is more important! You will always have your homework, but we can only have a snow day today!


At first he was hestitant and didn't want to use something that was meant for the preschoolers, but I assured him that they were done. It would be an absolute shame if he didn't thoroughly enjoy this landscape!


And then he had his snow day.


I don't remember if he finished his homework that afternoon, or whether we had a decent meal that evening. We laughed, we played, and we felt the joy. We caught the moment before it melted away and became an icy river that splashed down the parking lot and into the gutter.



Some days are just meant to be snow days!

10 comments:

CoachZ said...

Beautiful honey...pure beauty! Thanks for who you are and being able to make me cry in my cubicle ;-)

Luv ya lots!
pz

The Schmidts said...

Great post! I love getting reminders to savor each moment with my kiddos. -Rhiannon

Anonymous said...

You should seriously submit this to Central Coast Family News.

Anonymous said...

sweet and precious moments with your Son that will last his life time into his moments with his son....

Karen said...

What wonderful memories and photos! Both of my boys love their Ben 10 watches - a day wouldn't be complete without them. :)

going kiwi said...

I can barely see my keyboard and write this, my eyes are welled up with tears. What a sweet reminder. You are an amazing mom. Thanks for sharing such a sweet memory.

Shelly Zigan said...

I love this, Linda! So very beautiful and precious! Thanks for sharing.
~Shelly Z.

Linda Z said...

Thanks, friends! I'm so glad this spoke to your hearts. I hope you have many "snow days" of your own! :)

Denise said...

"snow days" are good. making memories is such an important part of this parenting gig. homework and laundry are inevitables and they will be forgotten, but "snow days" will last forever.

i need a snow day.

Diane Marie said...

I came across your site purely by accident, and I hope you don't mind but as I read your posts, I somehow felt a kindred spirit.. I love the gift God has given to you to write. You bring truth home in a unique way. Thank you for sharing! And God Bless you on your journey...

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