Healthy Living Parenting

It’s Snowing

It’s snowing here, as I sit and write this post. My kids haven’t come home from school yet, and I’m enjoying the peace and quiet the snow brings. The calm before the storm.

This is the first of the winter mix, just a light dusting. The real winter storm is scheduled to hit before the weekend.

I went to the store, and purchased a ridiculous quantity of food. Since I live in the South, the mere mention of the word “snow” means the grocery stores are packed and people are stocking up. Bread, milk, and eggs seem to be the items in high demand. I was at the store, along with hundreds of other people, before the first flake fell. There was complete chaos and shelves were already starting to look empty.

I heard a man, in his twenties, tell the cashier, “I’ve come to get the one necessary item I need. The item I can’t live without. Beer.”

If it's snowing, enjoy the day!

If it’s snowing, enjoy the day!

Clearly, we aren’t on the same page when it comes to necessary items.

My necessary item was toilet paper.

I can do without a lot of things, but there are three females living in my house. We go through a lot of toilet paper. I can live without beer, but not  having Charmin… not going to happen. I can’t imagine being snowed in, stuck inside the house, and not having any toilet paper. I’m just saying.

Any minute, I expect my kids to race through the door screaming, “It’s snowing, maybe we won’t have school tomorrow.” We’ll talk about it, wait a few hours, and talk about it again. The excitement, because of the  possibly of having a snow day, is enough to put anyone in a good mood.

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Especially kids.

I’m guessing they’ll get at least one day off this week.

I love a snow day: hanging out in my pajamas, warm cups of tea and hot chocolate, binge watching Netflix. Who wouldn’t like that kind of day? The house will get trashed, I’ll be forced to go outside in freezing temperatures to build a snowman, and we’ll destroy the yard trying to find the perfect place to sled.

One snow day is absolutely lovely. Two snow days, still enjoyable. Three snow days, I might need something a little stronger than that man’s beer.

Enjoy your time with your family. Think less about the mess, laundry, dishes, and more about the memories you’re making. Melted ice that turns into puddles in the foyer can easily be cleaned up. Snuggle up, put on a pot of soup, and let yourself be in the moment.

By the way, if you haven’t gotten the toilet paper, I recommend going to the store.

Find meaning each day,

Dara

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