let’s build a snowman: five things today’s snowfall taught me.

“Emily: We can’t just throw him out in the snow.
Walter: Why not? He loves the snow. He’s told me 15 times.”
–from the film, Elf

1. Never say never. “Does it snow where you’re from?” many British colleagues and friends asked me before I left London for home. I assured them I’m from Virginia Beach and besides the freak occurrence of last winter’s Snowpocalypse, we never get snow. Maybe a few flurries that get the weathermen all in a tizzy, but nothing note-worthy. Even yesterday, my grandmother worried our breakfast plans for Monday would be put off because of forecasted snow. “Let the snow fall first,” I assured her, “And then we’ll deal with it.” Well, darn if she wasn’t right. We woke up today to yet another epic snowfall, a few inches at first and now measuring well over a foot.

2. My brother is the coolest. Earlier in the day, he went outside wearing shorts, knee-high blue soccer socks, and hiking boots. He rang the door and when I asked him what he was doing, he replied, “Just browsing.” I could tell he was thinking how weird it is, now that we’re older, to not be racing outside at the first sign of snow.  Then, sometime later this afternoon, he came downstairs looking like a terrorist (I know that’s not exactly PC), black mask pulled down over his face, only his eyes and nose uncovered. “Where are you going?” my dad asked, to which my brother answered, “Gonna build a snowman.” But of course, right?

3.  I’m still a kid at heart. I was pretty content to spend the day indoors, warm and toasty by the fireplace, but I knew I couldn’t let my brother have all the fun. I pulled on old clothes, tall boots, and a winter cap and trailed outside after him. We quickly devised a strategy, using buckets and boogie boards to transport snow from the backyard to the front–keeping the front yard relatively pristine except for a trench through a foot or so of snow to our “construction site.” An hour and a half later, our snowman was complete–mullet and all.

4. Skiwear is unbelievably warm. My winter wardrobe often errs on the side of impractical, my jackets never sufficient on their own, leading me to wear layer (after layer) of various sweaters and hoodies. I did the same today, but pulled on an extra proper winter jacket of my brother’s on top. “You’re wearing the one with naked women on it?” my mother asked, having never been a fan of the soccer brand, Kappa. Scandalous or not, the jacket proved warmer than I’m used to and just what I needed to keep me going outside.

5. Snow isn’t as exciting to today’s kids as it used to be. Although the prospect of a snow day doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon, I was amazed at how quiet our suburban street was…all day. Only once did I see two kids playing outside, and that was for a mere fifteen minutes or so. Gone are the days, apparently, of spending all day romping around in the snow, insufficiently dressed, red-cheeked and wide-eyed with wonder. My brother and I spent the day reminiscing about the snow days of our childhood and for a few moments, it felt like no time had passed at all. Our beloved mother even had hot chocolate (with marshmellows, of course!) waiting for us on the stove inside.

Does it get any better than that?



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12 responses to “let’s build a snowman: five things today’s snowfall taught me.

  1. You called me “beloved.” Ahhhh, made my day. I loved that you put the snowman right in EYESIGHT of Brooke’s bedroom…she watched, whined, and pined to be out there with you two. FUN TIMES, ay? LOVE the snowman! Once again, you and Grant building something in the yard. Remember the miniature Indian stove and tepee in Pop’s garden after our trip to Jamestown? Great post!

    • Haha but of course! I loved that teepee 🙂 I did actually think about angling the snowman towards Brooke, but then thought that everyone else that drives by would wonder where his face is. We definitely made sure to build it in the front for her, though! Thanks again for the delicious hot cocoa 🙂

  2. lea

    I soooo wanna build a snowman right now!

  3. I love this!!!!!!!!! Smooth reading. I like your blog too!
    First things I noticed: Nice blog…oh she’s into photography, then, pulled up a chair to read this.

    Nice one!

    • Thanks, Seye!! I loving hearing from people who enjoy my blog 🙂 And I’m glad you like the writing/photo combo, too–I always try to make sure I offer both, mainly because I can’t decide which one I like more! All the best, Candace

  4. Sylvia Park

    Candace! Love your post and made me recall the cold winter days my sister and I used to spend in KY. May your time at home create new and joyous memories to take with you through the years.

    • Thank you, Sylvia! I appreciate the kind words 🙂 Grant and I drove through Kentucky and absolutely loved the beautiful scenery. Hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas and hope to see you at some point this week!

  5. Dad

    Too bad Brooke could’nt participate.

  6. Jen

    Correct me if I’m wrong but… does your bROTHER have a mullet?!

    • Haha, unfortunately you are definitely correct, Jen. I’m about the only one in our family and circle of friends that does NOT support the mullet. He’s been growing it since about April or May I think, and I’m not sure how long it’s going to last 🙂

  7. Heh, and I remember you telling me you guys very rarely get snow back there. :p

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