No matter how old your kids are, the first snow of the season always makes clear who in the family has grown the most over the past year. And there’s always a mad panic to find something that fits and will keep him or her dry in the snow. Snow gear is something I never seem to remember to plan for each season.
In our house, the kid who grew the most this year is clearly my 14-year-old son, Adam. Yesterday morning — after school was cancelled for a couple inches of snow — he squeezed into his snow pants but couldn’t get the boots he stole from me last year on his feet. His winter coat (which he never wears except in the snow) was at least two sizes too small and his little brother had already swiped his mittens — which probably wouldn’t have fit anyway.
So I found myself scanning the Internet for snow pants, boots and mittens. But now that he’s man-sized, even the sale items weren’t cheap. And it made me wonder how much longer my kids will need snow gear. Is it really worth buying snow pants for a 14-year-old? How much longer is he going to head out and play in the snow?
Then I glanced out the window and this is what I saw.
Hopefully, he will never stop playing in the snow. If it weren’t for work, I’d be out there with them. But as soon as he splits those snow pants, I’m sure he will steal mine — if my older daughter hasn’t already.
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, 14, Adam, 14, and Jonah, 10.