Still magical but not quite as magical.
I’m snowed in at the moment, which is giving me plenty of time to focus on my current work in progress. It’s also calling up memories of childhood snow days. I grew up in the south, so snow was rare. A snow day was MAGIC. Yes, all-caps kinda magic. Walks with mom to go get hot chocolate. Sledding with the neighbor girl who lived up the street. Snow forts, snowmen, and snow angels in the backyard. And, best of all: When it was all done, curling up with a book and a warm pop tart to nibble on as I read. I distinctly remember reading C.S. Lewis’s “The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe” while eating a cinnamon-flavored pop tart and sitting on the radiator in my bedroom, stepping into a fantasy world and soaking up the heat.
As an adult, snow days lose some of their magic. Sure, it’s pretty at first. But then you have to slog through the slush to work. Your feet get wet. You might think about the heating costs. As with many things that we marveled at as kids, when viewed through the lens of adulthood, snow days aren’t quite as sparkly. I’m too big to fit in the snow fort. The thought of making a snow angel makes me feel cold all over. And there’s no neighbor girl up the street to grab for a round of sledding.
But there is one simple pleasure of a snow day that has retained its magic, for me at least: Curling up with a good book and a hot drink, losing myself in a fantastic world while the flakes fall hard and fast outside. This is why I read. This is why I write. Growing up isn’t always easy. And retaining the ability to marvel at something, to escape into a world of imagination, is a gift — one I’m determined to keep cherishing.
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