Many of us carry an eternal kid around with us, deep inside. I know I do. That’s the only possible explanation for my sense of euphoria today, when I saw what was drifting down out of the sky and landing in my precious little patio garden.
Come January, I begin to dislike the stuff. By February it gets really old, and being a Wisconsin native I know that it may not end soon. By March? Well March is rectified by the returning sun—so glorious as it pours into our east facing patio door. But the snow may seem interminable by then, and sometimes in March I want to scream!
So why the excitement every year, my 80th being no exception? Today I walked out to take photos, and the brisk, damp air instantly took me back to 1943 when I couldn’t get enough of snowy days and those waning daylight hours after school when we kids stayed outdoors building forts and snow creatures.
No matter how tedious the early weeks of each new year may seem, no matter how my heart yearns (sometimes cries) for warm sunlight and green shoots popping up in the garden, no difference how challenged my body may actually be—sometimes to the extent where the days are radically altered, and I all but grind to a proverbial halt.
Despite all of that, I will forever go into an ecstatic spin over early snowfalls at the end of each year. An Eternal Kid!
Having little people in one’s life provides ongoing nourishment for an Eternal Kid. My pleasant, secure childhood lives on through a plethora of young people who get excited to see what falls out of the sky. Being surrounded by rambunctious, smiling children is my best insurance against growing old. I refuse to grow old! I praise God for the gift of being an Eternal Kid!
(Even if the snow gets a little old come January!)
Margaret L. Been, 2013
NOTE: Here is one more (new-this-year) reason for being excited about the snow. Our youngest grandchild, Adetokunba Bridget Josephine Adesokun, is experiencing her very first snow today!
Since our little one has a very long name, we call her “Tuks” (rhymes with “Books”). That’s a short form of her Nigerian name, Adetokunba. And as you can see, Tuks is currently into blowing bubbles.