We’re waiting for a blizzard tonight. If it arrives like the weather channel is predicting we will have plenty of snow to rock a good snowman/woman/person/ball by morning.
Almost 13 years ago, in February 2003, my brother paid us a visit. He brought 3 beautiful Micky Mouse Costumes for my daughters who were 2,2, & 4 at the time. He said they were ridiculously cheap Halloween leftovers from the Disney store and the girls could wear them next year. My first thought was that I didn’t need to store 3 beautiful Mickey Mouse Halloween Costumes that won’t fit by Halloween. My second thought was thanks. I overreacted, my trademark. I hated them, the kids loved them.
His plan was to spend the day at our house and stay for supper, but he said the forecast was calling for a major snow and he wanted to leave in time to beat the storm. Again, I overreacted telling him that he was crazy, I’d heard nothing about snow and he should not worry. But okay, “Go if you feel you must.” And so he did. May I add another bit about stay at home mom burnout? I never heard the news, I watched Barney on TV and Elmo music in the car. To learn the weather, I woke up and looked out the window.
So after he left, I forged outside with the girls to get ready for the snow, just in case my brother was right about the weather. First stop was the craft store. I was not going to be without glue, paint, or play-do and be stuck in the house. Food could wait. I bundled up the kids and off we went just as the snow began to fall. I don’t remember exactly what we bought in Michaels but I do remember that by the time I got out of the store there was 3″ of snow on my car. I put the kids in the car, brushed of the windshield and thought maybe I should stop at the A&P before going home, just in case.
In and out of the car with three preschoolers in a snow storm, I must have been crazy, or determined, or desperate. I remember seeing the manager in the crowded store and suggesting he close since he was pretty much out of food, but all we needed was a couple of boxes of captain crunch, some boxed milk, and we were good to go.
That afternoon and the night that followed we got almost two feet of snow. I was wrong about the snow and I was wrong about the Mickey Mouse costumes. The girls put them on and refused to take them off for two days. They wore them to play, to nap, to eat, and to bed. I was right however about Halloween, the costumes didn’t fit them by then. But who cares.