I Wish I Was A Kid Again

We just got our first snow last night in central Ohio. I woke up this morning to a wonderful snow covered landscape. It was so peaceful, yet exciting at the same time.

Snow On The Truck (12/5/07) Snow In The Backyard (12/5/07)

Remember when we were kids? I remember waking up seeing the snow and before I was even out of bed, yelling, “Mom! Is school canceled?”

“Not yet!,” Mom replied, “Come get some breakfast!”

The entire time my brother and I were eating an entire loaf worth of cinnamon toast, we were planning what we were going to do with our snow day.

Should we build a snowman? Should we build a fort and have snowball fights? Should we dig tunnels into the snow drifts? Will anyone take us sledding?

After patiently waiting for the radio to go through all of the school cancellations we finally heard the name of our school. We would jump up and down and rejoice!

Diving into the closet we would break out our slew of winter clothes. Snow pants, coats, hats, gloves, long underwear, boots, and those thick socks.

Did you have multiple sets of winter clothes? Remember playing outside for so long that your gloves and the knees of your pants were just soaked! Snot was dried onto your face mask, and spit crystals formed around the mouth of it?

Mom would call us in for lunch. We would come inside and strip down to our skibbies. We scarfed down whatever she whipped up that day. Mom would put the snow clothes from the morning play session on top of the furnace ducts so that they would be dry if we needed to change yet again that day. Then we put on our second set of fresh, dry, snot free snow clothes. Then we put on our second set of fresh, dry, snot free snow clothes and ran outside to do it all over again!

*** At this point I leave dream world and snap back into reality ***

Well, today was nothing like that for me. I didn’t eat breakfast because that requires me to get up 15 minutes earlier. There was no getting excited about anything. I didn’t listen to the radio for a work cancellation…because that just doesn’t happen. Since work wasn’t cancelled I hopped in my truck and drove across town. The normal 45 minute drive turned into 2.5 hours.

I was THIIIS close to turning around, going home, and taking a snow sick day.

Man, I wish I was a kid again!

I guess I can wait until Ace is in school and starts getting snow days. Maybe then I could justify staying home from work and playing in the snow all day long. Snotty snow mask and all! 😀


  1. Momo Fali says:

    My kids could hardly wait to get home from school today so they could play in the snow. And yes, they were snot-nosed and soaking wet when they were finished!

  2. Ah those were the days! I used to look forward to snow, instead of cringe when I think about having to shovel it!

    Spot on man!

  3. Chuck says:

    Great post Jared! I grew up in the south, Carolinas to be exact. We didn’t see snow at all. So I never knew what I was missing.

    The cool thing? I’ve been able to discover the snow with my kids. My first snowman was their first snowman. My first time sledding was their first time sledding. Pretty sweet.

  4. Joe says:

    Good times! Snow brings out the kid in me for sure. Something magical about it for sure.

  5. Jared says:

    @Momo: Sweet! Glad someone enjoyed the snow! 😉

    @MonkeyMan: Yup. I think I need to buy a snow blower. Things are just more fun when there is horsepower involved. 😀

    @Chuck: Awesome! Glad you got to experience so many firsts right along with your kids. Not very often to parents get to do that!

    @Joe: Yup, me too. I would be content just sitting out in the middle of the backyard eating snow. 😀

  6. Johnny says:

    I love the snow pictures. I have never seen snow and will be seeing it for the first time December 15-19 in Wisconsin….