A Piece of My Day

2.4: Snow day!

Posted on: Friday, 4 February 2011

I did something today which I haven’t done in a very long time…I built a snowman. We got almost an inch of the white stuff overnight – I went to sleep skeptical that we would receive any snow – and so we awakened to a lovely landscape this morning.

(Note for those Northerners out there reading this: under the snow was a bunch of ice, and I don’t drive unless I have to in these situations…and I know how to drive in wintry weather! We have no treated roadways, and plenty of people who have no idea what they’re doing. It ain’t pretty!)

The snow hampered some things for us. Breakfast plans with a friend – canceled. People scheduled to come work at our house – postponed, one till later today and one till tomorrow. But somehow, all the hampered-ness worked itself out quite calmly, so that we were left with what turned into quite a nice snow day. And an actual snow day in Central Texas is rare.

Early on, I decided to take advantage of the fact that the snow wasn’t melting off immediately, and so I went outside to build a snowman. I realize the example above is not one of the best examples which any of us has ever seen of snow sculpture. However, I wasn’t really looking for perfection – it was more that I wanted to get outside and do it – just because I could. And so, I did.

The little guy lasted till the afternoon. I was out back talking with the fence repair guys in the early afternoon, and I looked over to see that he was drooping. By late afternoon, he was a snowball with two twigs sticking out of him.

And that was that.

I will say that I enjoyed this Central Texas snow day in all its glittering beauty. It was great to look out and see pristine snow – snow which we knew wouldn’t be around long enough to get dirty. It was fun to see everyone’s pictures on Facebook – my friends’ kids and dogs and houses and landscapes. And, as I heard so many say, it was great to feel like a kid again – rejoicing in the simple pleasures of a snow day.

Peace be upon your night,

K

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