Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Grace in Small Things (Amidst Winter Weather)

In the space of less than a week, we went from this (actually, better than this, but I don't have any photos of last week when it was sunny and 68 degrees outside and we went to the park in bare legs and sandals):

to this:

In Minnesota, we call this "weather whiplash." It happens ALL THE TIME here, during our transitional seasons (i.e., fall and spring). But it's not always quite this dramatic. It is, however, ALWAYS completely discombobulating. Every single time. I don't think the human body--or mind--is meant to go from near-70 degrees, green grass, sun, and daylight until 6 p.m. to 30 degrees, 8 inches of snow, and pitch dark at 5 p.m. in the space of mere days.

Yesterday afternoon I invited some friends over after school to come sled our backyard hill with my girls for an hour before we all went off to do dinner and homework. The "big" girls--ages 4, 5, 6, and 6--who all go to preschool and first grade together, ran around the backyard with their sleds while my friend and I sat inside by the big back windows where we could see them, with her 9-month-old baby. It was one of the funniest--and most hair-raising--things I have ever seen. Because even though our hill is not large by any means, the sight of 4 little girls bumbling all over the hill on 4 sleds, constantly narrowly missing each other, our trees, and the concrete birdbath, was like something out of The Keystone Cops. Only with 4-, 5-, and 6-year-olds. I laughed an awful lot.

And that's a good way to spend a Monday afternoon, one week after you were all playing at the park in 70-degree temps. Because in Minnesota you embrace the weather and make your own fun. No matter how crazy things seem at the time.

P.S. Don't we have a beautiful rural view from our backyard? (See the above photo of Genevieve on her sled.) Love.


Mary S. said...

This year's whiplash was particularly noticeable. One thing that really struck me was how different our house feels in winter compared to warmer weather -- we have a few cold spots and some nice cozy ones, but when it's not winter we don't notice it. Weird.

Watching 4,5,and 6 year-olds sled while sitting in a warm location sounds fabulous.

Christopher Tassava said...

The sledding picture was taken on 11/14.

This picture was taken on 11/7:

Whiplash, indeed...

Mnmom said...

So true. I'm still in disbelief that we have snow on the ground, and that it's probably bona fide winter now.

Donna said...

I love that backyard area of your house. It's especially awesome because what I didn't realize (until I finally visited) was that there's a road there so you aren't totally isolated, you just feel like you are. That's awesome.