As we were doing our 4-squares memory page of 2013 several of the kids put our January 2013 snow fort as one of their favorite memories of that quarter. This surprised me and definitely wasn’t one of mine, but it made me think. Sometimes the simplest thing can bring the most joy. Snow lends itself to so many possibilities. Snow angels, snowballs, snowmen, fort building, statue building, sledding and so much more. It allows a child’s imagination to run wild and be creative.
For an adult snow normally comes at the most inconvenient time. It can ruin well-laid plans and keep everyone a prisoner of their own home. It can be cold, wet and hard to walk through. But for a child, snow is a doorway to wintery bliss. The twinkle in their eyes match the twinkle the snow makes in the bright winter sun.
Remember when you were a child and how you begged to go out and play and build the best fort to keep you safe from the neighbors or your dad? Remember the thrill of risking your life on a snow covered hill as you plummet head first off your sled as you hit that unexpected bump? It was wonderful and exhilarating to the point of pure exhaustion!
These are the thoughts and memories I need to keep in my mind when my own children are begging to go out and play. Normally I weigh the positives and negatives. They will have a blast and sleep well, versus the hassle of finding all the needed winter wear and the mess they bring back in with them. In my own heart and mind the negatives far outweigh the positives, but I need to remember how much fun it is as a child to play in the snow.
I need to be willing to allow my own children to create memories that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. I need to be willing to pause my well-laid plan for the day to take the time to do the labor intensive, messy, spontaneous plan. Your children will be forever thankful. Oh, but do make them go the bathroom before you put all their gear on! 🙂
Here are pictures of our fun in the snow from last year. Challenge your own kids to think outside the box and think beyond a snowman. (We were very patriotic last year.)
What fun snow memories do you have??? What have you built with the snow?