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Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 1:17 PM


Today I've been trying to put my finger on what it is about snow that makes it so special for me. It's not like I enjoy playing in it any more although I did as a child. I do enjoy driving in it...up to a point.

I am certain that my love of snow has it's beginnings in my childhood. We live in Southeast Missouri but one entire side of my family lived in Michigan. We traveled there every year for Christmas. I remember clearly the feeling of awe and excitement that would come over me when we were far enough north to begin seeing snow. It almost felt like we had traveled into an entirely different world. Along with getting to see all of my grandparents, aunts, uncles and most importantly cousins, I got to see and play in that magical winter element...snow. What other time in childhood were you allowed to hit someone in the face or even throw something at your brother? And the grown ups did it too! Snow seemed to bring out the kid in everyone...even the grandparents. No one at home got to travel that far and do anything nearly that much fun.

I do enjoy driving in snow...yes, I know that makes me crazy but let me qualify that statement with this...I very seldom HAVE TO drive in snow. I am a stay at home mom so I am not required to go out at 5 a.m. and start the car, clean off the windshield and struggle to get my car doors open that have frozen shut so I can "tiptoe" through the snow to work. What I enjoy about it is the sense of adventure and slight danger that accompanies the snowy drive. I kind of get the feeling of being a pioneer in a covered wagon making my way through the wilderness. It's like exploring my world for the first time...everything looks so much different...Of course here in Southeast MO the world tends to shut down if it snows more than an inch so you are pretty much driving out there all alone! Of course there are also the occasional hidden parking lot that can be turned into a donut cutting rink...Who wouldn't enjoy that? Did i type that out loud? No children, I have NEVER, EVER (this falls under the "do as I say, not as I do" rule) done that in my vehicle!

I think I have finally figured it out though. Snow is God's magic trick...it really has no practical purpose like rain or sunshine do...it's just there to delight us and be beautiful...it's like a sunrise or sunset...it's God saying "Ta-Daaaahhhh". I know that as a creative kind of person, I love the decorative element of this element! The individuality of the flakes are another sign for me that God intended the snow to just be a magical thing for His world to enjoy....and that He valued creativity and individuality in weather as well as humans, after all He created both of us!

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Love the blog...Love to watch it snow...don't like to get out in it though

-- Posted by Auntie B on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 1:17 PM

Good blog! :) I have many memories of childhood snow play. Many giant sleigh rides and my dad LOVED doing the parking lot donuts. He still does!

-- Posted by Penny B on Fri, Feb 4, 2011, at 1:22 PM

As a kid living just outside Kennett, I loved snow, forget going to school, so long as the snow stayed on the ground, it was rabbit hunting time at it's best.

After a couple decades in Alaska and Wyoming, I almost came to hate snow. But after moving back to Arizona, looking out from the back patio with a cup of coffee, I find I still love looking at snow, right up there in the high country where is belongs.


-- Posted by Palehorseman on Sat, Feb 5, 2011, at 6:29 PM

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