There is a remarkable feeling that comes over me when I sit on a sled. A wave of memories flash through my mind, all from when I was a kid enjoying a “snow day” on our hill just out the front door to my house. I instantly feel lighter, happy, free of all concerns (except maybe steering clear of the occasional tree). But, most of all I feel joy streaming through me. I am laughing, giggling even without knowing it, my smile is as big as my smile gets and I am enjoying this moment fully.
Recently during L’s winter break the temperatures dropped and there was fresh snow in our local mountains. My boys have only been sledding once and it was a short experience, they were still little. This time, we bought sleds, brought loads of snacks and equipped ourselves with the gear we needed to stay warm and comfortable. And…the joyful expressions never left my boys faces.
I could have listened to the joyous squeals and laughs coming out of my boys (including my husband) mouths forever. We found a secluded access road close enough to the car yet far enough away from the crowds to feel alone in the woods. The trees were perfectly brushed with newly fallen snow, the sky was bright blue and the snow was perfect for sledding. My husband surprised us with donuts (huge hit with the boys) and hot chocolate for a mid-morning snack. It was just about as close to a perfect day as you can get.
I must note, we went to this exact spot two days earlier and there was a lot of joy and a lot of tears (thank goodness for brownies, a great distraction when feet are frozen). We thought we could manage with rain boots instead of snow boots. We found out after about an hour in the snow that both our boys feet were frozen and they were miserable (little ones don’t tell you when snow falls into their boots. Instead they wait until they can’t feel their feet and start crying uncontrollably). Almost the moment we got home from the snow I was off to Target to buy snow boots. The right gear is almost always essential to support the proper joy factor while sledding.