Thursday, January 05, 2012

I'm Not a Fan of Snow, BUT...

I love Missouri for several reasons - one of them being the fact that we have all four seasons in reasonable, equal amounts. Some hot, summer weather for swimming, some cold and snow for snuggling and sledding, beautiful autumns and refreshing spring-times. However, the older I get, the more I dislike winter in Missouri. I've started thinking that I'd be happy to become a snowbird after retirement - spending the winter months in Florida, Arizona or the Maldives. (that last choice is in my dreams - when we become as rich as Bill Gates)

However, within the past few days I've realized I am actually longing for snow. Not just a dusting...but inches and inches...perhaps even a couple feet of the stuff! Do I really want to go sledding that badly?  No, of course not. It's just that my college girls will be heading back for the beginning of their spring semester within a few, short days...and I wish we had just one more day where we all had an excuse to stay home and do nothing but spend some time together as a family.

Two feet of snow usually does that for us. No one goes anywhere, no one expects anything out of us, and we just hang around with each other. Christmas day did it for us this year, but I'm selfish and was hoping for just one more day like that before everyone went back to their separate lives.  Sometimes it's those little inconveniences - like snowstorms - that cause life to come to a standstill for a few hours and give us a reason to slow down and bask in our loved ones.

That's the real reason why I hear myself humming, "Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!"