Monday, February 13, 2012

Ice and Snow

My daughter didn't want to study her spelling words.

"Why ever not?" I asked.

"They make me sad," she replied.

I looked at the list. There was Snow, and Ice, as well as Valentine and Washington. "What's wrong with those words?" I wondered.

She pointed to Valentine. "I know that's going to happen," she said. "But there isn't any snow. And there isn't any ice."

It has been an uncommonly warm winter. For some folks, that is a good thing. No digging out the driveway, no huge piles of snow where you want to park ... that's all good. But from a kid's perspective, there isn't any sledding (we call it sleigh riding in my area of New Jersey) or snowball throwing or icicle gathering and eating. (My kid loves icicles, more than ice pops.)

Remember the scene when it snowed in To Kill a Mockingbird? Scout and her brother went to all the neighbors' houses and asked them for their snow. With what they collected, they were able to build one snowman.

That's what we did in the last "storm." We scraped all the snow off the lawn and managed to make a decent sized snow dude. A day later, he melted.

The crocuses are coming up early. Soon, the pear trees will start to bud in the front lawn. Easter will come along, and winter will be over.

It's a good thing. But also a shame.


Christine Murray said...

We had a really mild winter too - no snow.

I was really disappointed. Winter is my favourite season (that's my inner introvert coming out right there) but then, my husband and I both work from home, so no travelling in snow for us. We get all the fun without the inconvenience.

Becky Fyfe said...

We didn't get much snow this year either. I don't mind as I really don't like feeling cold, but my kids wanted more.

Unknown said...

What winter is done there? HAH not here! We still have snow. We had a brutal one with -60F weather!! TONS of snow too, but it has warmed up to average around 10F and the snow is starting to drop off the trees. I am sure we will have a snow storm before breakup in April!Just glad it is no longer so dang cold!

Johanna Garth said...

Snow is so magical! We typically have mild winters here but at least we're close to the ski slopes so we can pop up to get our snow quota..but not the same as when it happens right in your driveway!

Krista McLaughlin said...

Winter in Iowa has been pretty dry too. We had a little bit of snow last night and it is white outside, but with the temperature being 40s the rest of the week... it won't let long. I don't miss the snow, but I know as a kid I would have missed the snow.