Being out in the snow is not my favorite thing in the world. Roads become dangerous and people suddenly take on a "doom and gloom" mind frame scrambling for bread and milk and acting like lunatics behind the wheel. On the flip side, there is something so romantic and magical about watching a substantial snowfall from inside the comfort of your home. A layer of fresh snow makes everything look so new, covering the ugliness of the Illinois landscape during the winter months. Last night I couldn't stay away from the windows as the snow fell quickly in our little town. Aside from the obnoxious sounds of a truck in desperate need of a new muffler driving haphazardly by our home, there was a peacefulness that accompanied the several inches of snow that fell by the evening hours.
Feeling all warm and fuzzy by the fresh layer of snow, I put the finishing touches on last night's blog post and begin mentally preparing myself for the huge job of shoveling snow from the driveway. Knowing that shoveling snow was probably the last thing The General would want to do upon returning from work at 10:30 pm, I figured I'd at least get a start on the driveway. Fifteen minutes before I had planned to don my snow pants and boots, I heard a sound outside the house and turned to the windows to find the source.
In our driveway was the most beautiful snow removal machine I have ever seen in my entire life. An anonymous kind citizen of our town came into our driveway and removed all of the snow within ten minutes, a job that would have easily taken me more than an hour. I'm going to put this experience in the "pro" column for small town living. The kindness of strangers in a season of giving is a beautiful gift.
With today's warm up in temperatures, the girls and I took some time to enjoy the new snow. Both of my girls love the snow. Shortcake has proclaimed for years that winter is her favorite season solely because of snow. We decided to build our first official complete family snowman, and I think it turned out rather cute. Whether or not that scarf and hat stick around more than 24 hours is left to be seen.
More playing in the backyard, sliding down snow piles, and snow angel making led to squeals of delight and big smiles of happiness from both Shortcake and Punkin. Again, in this season that finds so many stressed out about finding the perfect gift and breaking backs to make sure every wish is fulfilled, the girls reminded me tonight that it is the simple moments in life that bring pure joy to those who are open to experience it.