Friday, January 12, 2007

the pursuit of snow

it's been almost 3 years since it has snowed here in our part of north carolina.
understandably, since the theme of snow is so prevalent on holiday decorations, my kids have a mythology in their heads regarding the stuff that they haven't seen since they were 5 and 2 years old respectively! they, like all good southern children, couldn't understand the frigid mess that is winter and snow and ice and all the resulting issues that ensue.
i had considered finding a ski resort in the appalachians which are only hours from here, but even then you aren't guaranteed snow (unless it's the snow-blowing machine kind) and the prices are atrocious. also, i don't think either of my kids would enjoy skiing, but maybe snow tubing would have been fun.
finally, i came up with the idea of taking a midwintwer break to go see grandma & papa in michigan... a far more financially feasible idea and if there's no snow even in michigan, oh well. at least we got to visit with family. and at least it was less than 70 degrees. so, i made a last minute decision, and the kids and i are headed to lake michigan (with two layovers in indianapolis to see other friends & family) tomorrow morning. we'll be gone for 9 days since the kids don't have school for much of the week we're gone anyway.
and... guess what? it looks like it's gonna snow there! finally my kids can discover the delight of 5 minutes in the snow... rolling snowballs, making snowmen, laying down to create snow angels... and then promptly want to come back inside where it's warm. the myth will be shattered. and i will be happy.
i probably won't post or comment much in the next week, but that doesn't mean i'm not thinking of y'all! happy winter!


Jay said...

Bizarrely, we've still not seen a flake of snow on the ground here, and I've never seen a green Christmas let alone entire winter before this. I don't really miss it, but I do feel badly for the ski-industry employees who have been laid off. At this point, I'll put up with snow for their jobs. Plus, I feel a little disoriented without it. Have a good time.

Susan in Italy said...

I hope it does snow for your sakes. In Chicago this Holiday season, there wasn't a flake falling. Wierd.

Kate said...

Evan and I are so excited to see you! We'll even accept a few disgusting days of snow as a fair trade.

Lotus Reads said...

What a great picture...all that lovely snow! We're expecting to have a snowstorm tonight, yipeeee! By Monday morning hopefully we'll have 15cms or so of snow. Never thought I'd rejoice so much at the thought of that white stuff, but like Jay says, we've not had any white in this, the Great White North, and it is disorientating!

Have a beautiful time away, Melissa, will miss you, so come back soon!

J said...

VERY fun. Can I come with you? We're kind of itching for some snow here in California as well.

Autumn's Mom said...

I'm shivering just lookin at that pic. It's been a couple of years since we've been to the snow. Enjoy!!

Angela in Europe said...

Snow, snow, snow. A White Christmas! A white winter. As long as I am not driving in it, I love it!