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Snow Daze

Another day, another snow storm — or at least that’s how it’s starting to feel these days.

The cork tree in our back yard is my favorite, treating me to gorgeous burgundy leaves in fall, a la its nickname, The Burning Bush, and to this lacy winter display today.

The cork tree in our back yard is my favorite, treating me to gorgeous burgundy leaves in fall — a la its nickname, The Burning Bush — and to this lacy winter display today.

And yes, another snow day.

At the rate we’re going, Catherine will graduate high school after she moves into the dorm at Hofstra.

But even high school seniors greet the news of no school with childlike glee. After a good long sleep-in, she was downstairs eating, regaling me with more tidbits from the Hofstra website (they had a snow day, too!), chattering away about leaving on the high school choruses’ Hawaii trip on Saturday, showing me pictures on someone’s Instagram.

Somehow I managed to escape yet another trip through “prom gowns I want to wear want you to buy me”; surely, that is coming. Again.

And then, all at once, I was treated to a flash of maturity the likes of which we parents dream we’ll one day be lucky enough to experience.

“Should I go out and shovel?” she asked, a gleaming halo fairly appearing above her scrunchy-festooned sideways ponytail.

After I pulled myself up off the floor and quickly ran a mental catalog of the things she might be angling for (prom gown, natch), I assured her that Dad would appreciate it. He’d made one pass earlier, but the snow had been steadily falling since.

“Better get suited up,” I said.

And with that she did.


But don’t let the excited expression fool you.

Less than five minutes later, she was at the door looking like this.


And following a record-setting job of racing through the walk and lower half of the driveway (apparently like me, my car is chopped liver, destined to remain snowed in), she was back at the dining room table with me sipping cocoa.


Once again, the planets were aligned.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


8 thoughts on “Snow Daze

  1. The tree pic is beautiful! We have not been in snow but I want to plan a little roadtrip maybe next year so the kids can get out and see what its all about šŸ™‚

    Posted by Bernadette Callahan | February 4, 2014, 11:10 am
  2. She shoveled! You did something right, for sure!

    Posted by momshieb | February 3, 2014, 8:18 pm
  3. My son is loving going to school in CT. He keeps reminding me that college kids don’t make up classes! Missed many more days than RI. Laura actually volunteered to shovel as well. Must be heading toward prom season!

    Posted by Jacquie | February 3, 2014, 7:59 pm
  4. Sweet. The pictures say it all.

    Posted by Lorraine Dusky | February 3, 2014, 7:36 pm

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