Snow Days … the Perfect Time to Pause and to Play
Being the Florida boy that I am … the closest thing I had to a snow day growing up was having to stay home from school because of a hurricane. But those days were characterized by simply being stuck inside and fearing that our windows were going to be blown in. I’ve since learned that that certainly is not the case with snow days.
Atlanta, where we live, will get “slammed” with snow from time to time. The stories of we Atlantans freaking out are many. I get it. Heck, when the temps move towards freezing and there’s any chance of precipitation, we have reporters stationed throughout the area in search of that first snow flake. Saturday Night Live even jumped on the bandwagon making fun of us after Snowmageddon 2014.
But with all freaking out and making fun aside … and regardless of where you live … snow days are a great time to pause and reflect. Reflect on life, on beauty, on Creation, on our relationships, on the past, on the future, whatever … a gift of time to just breathe and consider. And of course … to get outside and play! Snow days may be the only time during our oh-so-busy-because-we’re-oh-so-important lives … planned to the gills and absent of margin … to do any pausing or playing.
So when the next snow day comes around, join me when I close down my laptop and turn off all other devices to pause and play. By doing so we will be redeeming this unique time we’ve been given. Let it weave some time of both reflection and adventure into your family story.
PS: Here are some pics of my girls and their neighborhood friends making the most of their time during Snowmageddon 2014.
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