I’m finding that silver linings come in all shapes and sizes. And temperatures. We’re freezing. Well, not really. But almost.
Today is downright nasty. It started with a wintry mix and turned quickly to rain. Sideways rain. Stright down in buckets rain. Umbrellas and boots and cats and dogs kind of rain. But, because God is good to me and He knows one more snow day may push me over the edge, it is hovering at a balmy 35 degrees. Which means, that even though it’s raining every direction imaginable, and even though my floors are marked with muddy paw prints, and even though it’s so cold I have my heavy coat on inside the house, I am thrilled. Why? It‘s not snowing.
35 degrees is my silver lining today. Who knew one would be so happy to have a rainy, cold day.
Even the kids are over the snow. But it was, admittedly, a fun and snowy winter. Fun because it doesn’t happen every year. And even more fun because it is nearly over. (Right?!) We were talking about winter this morning as we listened to the gloomy forecast on the radio. The girls, looking back on the past couple months, said they enjoyed the day they made snow creams the most. Which turned immediately into a carpool version of the Frozen song – “do you want to make a snow cream? Just a little bitty snow cream?” You get the idea.
Ever had a snow cream? Me neither. I’d never even heard of them until a few weeks ago. I grew up in California where we did not have snow days. We went out for snow cones or made them with the neighbor’s Snoopy Snow Cone Machine. The idea of making a snow cream would have dazed and confused us.
Thankfully my kids have friends with parents who had memorable childhoods growing up in the snow. They had barrels of fun with all kinds of clever shenanigans to entertain them through long winter months. The kids heard about the snow creams and wanted to give them a try. I was hesitant and skeptical. But the power was out, school had been out for days, and I had no reason whatsoever to say no. Besides, I was curious myself. And I who am I to argue with making ice cream out of snow?
If you are still snowed in and getting another winter wallop, I am sorry. Take heart in the fact that it is March and soon you too will be 35 degrees and rainy and freezing. And that will make you happy too. If you haven’t made a snow cream yet this winter (or in your whole entire life) then grab the chance while you still have snow and make one. You won’t be sorry. It will take you 3 minutes and you likely have everything you need to make it in your kitchen right now.
Besides, before you know it, it will be August and we’ll be sweltering with our snow cones.
And that will be a whole new story.