This winter is no exception. A few weeks ago I was ready to be done with winter. I don't get a vote, of course, but still I was ready to be done with single digit temperatures, treacherous 40 mile commutes to the day job, clearing vehicles before you can drive them, bundling up to go out and do anything, and wading through snow to do the chores.
Last week we got a bunch of the white stuff early. I don't always get the tractor out to clear the driveway with new snow since De and I both drive AWD vehicles, but this time there was enough I had to. My little tractor can only push so much and if we had gotten more I'd have been in trouble.
Then we had a day or two of warmer weather where much, but not all of it, melted. Then colder weather guaranteeing what was left would stay for the weekend. This weekend, the kids and grandkids were up for the one year birthday of the youngest one, and the announcement there is another on the way. With snow on the ground and an open hill in front of the house there was bound to be sledding. De and I have five or six sleds from when our kids were young we keep for just such an opportunity. With an inch or so of new snow Saturday night, it was clear there would be more after Church on Sunday.
Saturday was the birthday party, and after the traditional festivities Papa took the four girls, the two grands and the two adopted grands from my last post, out to play in the snow. Between Saturday and Sunday there was:
A lot of sledding,
"Bears" in the snow,
Through it all, Papa 'relearned' winter. Where I had seen mostly inconvenience, the grandkids saw a wonderland of imagination, endless possibilities, and pure joy. For the price a few days of achy joints and sore muscles, I got to share in it all and see winter anew in the laughter of the children I love. The days where I can do that will someday, perhaps someday soon, come to a close so I'm cherishing the opportunities I have. It was worth every minute I'll spend with the heating pad, every ibuprofen I'll need in the next day or two to get through the workday, and every bit of muscle cream I'll use before bed. This day, I am truly blessed!