Sunday, November 30, 2008

Sunday Scribblings: A Winter's Tale

Snow days. A non-existent day where I've lived most of my adult life. A fairy-tale hope in the time of my youth.

In Northern Virginia, where I lived from the time I was 3 -- save for a four-year hitch in Hawaii -- until I went off to college, the school district would build extra days into the calendar at the end of the year to offset any school closings because of snow. No matter that I liked elementary school, I wished for huge snow storms, celebrating with the other kids when we'd hear "Fairfax County schools: closed" on the radio. I don't doubt for a minute that my mother wished for the exact opposite. Most times, she got her wish. Ah, but there were days the kids got theirs.

Dragging sleds and lag-behind siblings up our cul-de-sac, through the Henrys' yard, trudging up to the Bren Mar School yard, we'd head off to...school? Well, yeah, school is most fun when it's closed. Besides, the best hills were there. Sledding, snowball fights, building (mostly paltry) snowmen, trying out the mini-skis my parents -- or was it Santa? -- got me for Christmas.

We'd come home, drenched with sweat and melting snow and exhilaration. My mom, who hid her certain disappointment at a houseful of children on a school day quite well, would make most excellent hot chocolate. And grilled cheese sandwiches. And tomato soup.

And all was right with the world as a kid on a snow day.

[Sunday Scribblings participants tackle winter's tales this week. Do warm up some hot chocolate and read along.]

17 comments:

DJPare said...

LOVED those days!
We had a lot more of them up here in New England, but still the same memory as yours!

D... said...

I miss snow days! The hot chocolate, the snowballs, being dragged on a sled by a truck, the cold wet gloves, etc. Just being out of school! I used to feel guilty that my kids never get to experience them. Then I found out the hard way that you get more days off with a hurricane than snow. ;)

Lucy said...

oooh the nice memories this stirred up! wish I would have went the same route with this great prompt!

anthonynorth said...

Ah, this takes me back. I remember many such days in my youth.
Marvellous.

tumblewords said...

Nice trip down the winter lane! Enjoyed reading this...

Tammy said...

I grew up in the bay area and would have LOVED a snow day like yours. Now that I'm an hour so. of Tahoe I finally get snow days. ;)

Tammie Lee said...

Indeed all is right when playing in snow followed by soup, grilled cheese and hot chocolate!

DaniGirl said...

The first snow of the season often brings me back to those days. By March, though, I'm thoroghly sick of it!! Nice imagery, though.

keithsramblings said...

What wonderful memories. You made it sound such fun

Marja said...

I remember those days from when I lived in Holland. We went iceskating when the rivers were frozen and didn't feel the cold

Lilly said...

I've never experienced snow day, so it's been a pleasure reliving yours.

All Rileyed Up said...

I've never experienced a snow day. And after reading this post, that is something I very much regret. Hurricane days aren't nearly so cool.

nova robinson said...

"My mom, who hid her certain disappointment at a houseful of children on a school day quite well..." -- this is perfect and so true. As a mom myself now, I feel a lot different about snow days than I once did. I saw that one of your favorite books is "A Wrinkle in Time". I just read that one myself for the first time and loved it, too.

"Sunshine" said...

Mmm! I think I'm going to have to make some grilled cheese and tomato soup now. That was always a favorite of mine on a cold snow day (or any other winter day) when I was a kid. Great post!

Doe said...

nice memories
i know the feeling when you close your eyes and cross your fingers waiting for the radio to blare that you're school is closed for the day!! at least i had to experiment that for a couple of years and yes "And all was right with the world as a kid on a snow day." especially with
hot chocolate

keep warm ;)

linda may said...

Lovely winter story sharing childhood companionship which is always a special memory.

Janet said...

We were in Tennessee, where snow days were pretty few, but my Mom made the tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches and hot chocolate as well!

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