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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Snow Play

Who wants snow? We do! Well, some of us anyway! Snow is great for skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and making all types of snow structures. It is a great time for the entire family…children, moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas and friends of any age…to get together for fun and excitement. Bundle up, get outside in the fresh air and be creative. Lose yourself in the thrill of unexpected opportunity.

Snow can be so enticing it can cause a temporary interruption of a normal routine. Once upon a time a person we know was cooking a turkey for thanksgiving. Nothing else was ready except, of course, the pies were already baked. Suddenly huge, fluffy snowflakes appeared and quickly accumulated, making the back yard a very magical place. Time came to a standstill. The snow beckoned. The family bundled up quickly and headed out to make a family of snow men, snow women, and snow dogs. Somehow the snow cat was overlooked, but it doesn’t matter now since this happened many years ago.

Work and play continued until the backyard was full of an entire snow family and their pets. After studying the masterpieces with satisfaction, the pressure of time once again began insisting on its share of attention, making the family aware that Thanksgiving Day guests would arrive within a half hour! Panic set in. Using precise family teamwork, all vegetables were cooked, the table set, decorations in place, and everything was ready for a great meal and time of togetherness when the guests arrived.

The moral of this story is: Never forget how to play together as a family. The work will get done. If you would like some great ideas on how to have great fun in the snow, check out Snow Play: How to Make Forts & Slides & Winter Campfires Plus the Coolest Loch Ness Monster and 23 Other Brrrilliant Projects in the Snow by Birgitta Ralston. Get ideas for making forts, slides, and all sorts of snow creatures. Most of all, have a great time together with your family. pc

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