Wednesday, January 16, 2008

When it snows in Georgia

The doorbell rang. We were expecting it. Allison's friend, Hayley, was picking her up for Wednesday night church. "I'm leaving mom!" she yelled into the kitchen where I was making dinner.

"Bye, honey!" I yelled back.

Suddenly, I heard Hayley's voice squealing from our doorstep, "Look, it's snoowwing!" Followed by more squealing.

I ran to the front door and found Allison and Hayley embracing and jumping up and down while screaming, "It's snowing! It's snowing! It's snowing!" In a moment Ben was beside them jumping too and Clara even managed to crawl right out the front door into the snow. All hollering and celebrating. It was like a scene right out of last night's American Idol.

Clara has never seen snow. Ben has never seen snow, except on Christmas movies. Even Allison, my eleven year old, has only one recollection of a snow big enough to make snowballs out of.

Eventually Allison and Hayley headed off to church and Ben begged me for the next hour to go outside and play. "After dinner." I kept saying, because I couldn't leave the stove. Finally, dinner was eaten and Brandon and Ben threw on coats and gloves and ran out into the dark. Even Clara crawled right out onto the back deck after them, and I had to chase her down to put her coat on. There she sat on the soggy ground in her knit pants. Bewildered...but perfectly content to watch the snow and her brothers.

It was a magical moment, etched in my heart by the rarity of it. Snow. And even more amazing...my children all celebrating and playing together when it's not even Christmas. That brings us up to like, twice a year. Glory!

Anywho...

Tomorrow, school will probably be canceled. And if it's not, we'll go in late. Because there is snow to play in, and who knows when we will all get along see it again.




It turns out pictures taken through falling snow don't turn out well. I never knew. The photos are blurry but I think the joy is still clear.

15 comments:

karen said...

We don't even have any snow in New Jersey! Not that I'm upset about that - we haven't got a garage, either...

Chrissy said...

What a joyous occasion! We're supposed to get -just possibly- a flurry tonight, and it's been all over the news like it's the biggest event ever. The kids are beside themselves with glee.

painted maypole said...

the pictures are fantastic, what are you worried about. it's been real cold here lately, and I am kind of hoping that MQ might get to see snow for the first time, too. she actually saw it when she was much, much younger, but she doesn't remember it.

slouching mom said...

oh those kids look so happy! i'm thrilled for your entire family.

spaz said...

I feel like the worst mom ever. I didn't take Meg out to play in it. Partially because I was so cold and not feeling well, but partially because I was hoping we'd get to go out today. There wasn't very much on the ground until bed time anyway. And it was sleeting at my house. I just didn't want to go out in it. Yuck! She tromped through a little bit on the way to the car this morning but that was about it. :( I feel terrible. I think she'll be heartbroken that it's melted before she gets to play in it. I hope it snows again soon!

Kyla said...

I'M SO JEALOUS! We had snow here in Texas on Christmas Eve in '04. It was miraculous. So much fun.

erin k said...

Somehow it loses its magic when there has been snow on the ground for months already. I'm so glad it is still magical for someone.

I think the pictures are great!

Beck said...

It's snowing here too!
Wonderful pictures! I hope they have so much fun.

spaz said...

Hey! It's going to snow again here on Saturday! Yay! I can be redeemed in the eyes of my child.

Jenn said...

I hope they all stayed home sick!

Magic in them snowflakes, isn't there?

Lori said...

Oh yes, you can see the joy!

We get snow more often here than you do, but it is still somewhat unusual. It is only every few years that we actually get a "big" snowfall (ie. big enough to build a snowman). When snowflakes fall here it is still very, very magical. We had a few flakes the other day and the kids weren't the only ones praying for a Snow Day (which we didn't get).

Don and Lynn said...

Yay! It was so fun. I wish I could say I REALLY want more tomorrow, but I also REALLY want to get my haircut. I have an appointment with my old hairdresser in Dahlonega. He did my hair through college and in my early married years. I was looking forward to seeing him again. But, you can bet if it snows here, it certainly will up there.

the dragonfly said...

Oh! I think the pictures are beautiful!!

Amanda said...

Yay!

the end of motherhood said...

...the joy is all that matters.