I’m looking at the weather forecast and I’m afraid. I’m afraid the snowstorm predicted is not going to happen.
I love snow. I love everything about it. I just took a little break writing this blog to double check that the forecast hasn’t changed in the last 10 minutes.
Snow is fun when you are a kid. It’s even more fun when you have little kids. But there are added bonuses when you have teenagers.
Here are the top seven reasons snow can be a good thing.
- It looks so pretty when it’s coming down. It totally lowers my blood pressure and relaxes me. (Unless I’m in my car, stuck behind a crazy driver. But even then, it still looks so pretty.)
- A good snow clears a crazy calendar fast. The kids might be bummed this event is over a weekend, but I like it this way. We’ve got a swim meet to go to Saturday and Sunday on the other side of town with a 6:45 a.m. warm up time. It’ll be a shame if it’s cancelled, but I’ll get over it.
- It gets the kids off line and outside — for at least a little bit. Everyone from the 11-year-old up to the 17-year-old will go out to play in the snow. Who doesn’t like snowball fights, building forts and sled riding? Even the teens turn into little kids again.
- It gets me out of the house. I love being outside in the snow — shoveling, going for walks, running, sledding, building snow men. I’ll do it all.
- We see the neighbors. Everyone is outside shoveling and playing together. When the kids were little, we used to have chili dinners every time it snowed. In recent years, the snows haven’t been big enough to clear the crazy calendars. Maybe this one will.
- The kids are stuck at home. That means we are forced to spend quality time together as a family — playing games and watching movies by the fire. Last year, we even had a lip sync contest.
- There’s time catch up on sleep. With no where to go, I might actually get to sleep in or even take a nap. I can’t remember the last time I had time for that.
So that sums it all up. It better snow.
FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 16, Lilly, 15, Adam, 15, and Jonah, 11.