Snow days

Did you get snow this week?
Isn’t it strange that when it snows, children look out of the window and are immediately shifted into a state of over excitement and ‘I wanna play!’, while adults look out of the window and immediately start to wonder how difficult it’s going to be to get into work.

Personally, I say if it snows, make snowmen! I got up early enough so that I could get ready quickly and spend a few minutes with my kids making a snowman. We had great fun, I was getting pelted with snowballs, we were all getting cold and wet, and we all had huge smiles on our faces!Snowman
After we’d finished him (we forgot arms!), the kids stood next to him while I took a photo for posterity. While they stood there a couple of families walked past on their way to school, and 2 children from 2 different families said the same thing “Why couldn’t we build a snowman mummy?”

At lunchtime on the same day, I got on my mountain bike and went out cycling. Now I didn’t have a lot of time as I had to get back for a meeting in the afternoon, but I really, really wanted to get out and cycle in the snow. Its hard work let me tell you! It’s slippery, cold, it gets clogged up in your brakes, and it really hurts when you get a faceful from a low hanging branch. 

But it’s also challenging, crunchy, sound deadening,Singlespeed in the snow :) fantastic fun, and incredibly beautiful.
Its funny – before I went out I had the usual comments of ‘You must be nuts going out in this’, and the simpler but somehow more cutting ‘ Nutter!’ (normally accompanied by a shake of the head). That same afternoon, no less than 4 people (who I know to be cyclists) told me they wished they’d done the same thing (and made excuses as to why they didn’t).

Now I didn’t have the longest ride in the world, I had to sacrifice a meal and have sandwiches instead. We didn’t make a big snowman (about as tall as my 2 yr old daughter), it didn’t take long to make, and we didn’t have to put ourselves out at all to build it.  Both times I had to get ready a bit quicker, and I had to put up with getting a little colder and a little wetter than I’d have liked, but I wouldn’t have changed it for the world!
Why? Because I had an absolutely fantastic day!

I had a smile on my face all day and I had a couple of experiences which are pretty rare in this part of the world. I still got everything done that I needed to do, so the net result was that I had great fun, I spent a little extra time with my family having fun, and there was no real downside.
All because I chose to do what I wanted to do and did what I had to do to make it work.

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3 Responses to “Snow days”


  1. 1 zappoman February 13, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Love it! I’ve had some good fun in the snow this winter, including a bike ride in the snow and a camping trip in the snow that included an igloo.

  2. 2 Jean February 14, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    That’s just like you – full of fun and spontaneity! Wonderful! I will have to settle for living vicariously through your madcap moments!

  3. 3 mbsprogress February 16, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    <a href=”http://newsbiscuit.com/article/government-slammed-for-snowman-skills-shortage-002″ rel=”nofollow”>Government slammed for snowman skills shortage! </a>
    I thought this was an amusing adjunct to my comments on the recent snow, and just goes to show that some people do do things when they don’t know how!


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