How do you spend a snow day? When I was a child I longed for snow days. No school, sleep in late, watch cartoons, read and bundle up for sledding and building snowmen and having snowball fights with the other kids in the neighborhood. Snow days meant a day off from the regular routine and as a child I relished them, just like most every child, I suppose.
Now even though Sisters are all grown up, we still love snow days. While our daily schedule does not change, where the Divine Office is concerned, the rest of the day is up for grabs. With the exception of the kitchen, most work areas are slow and Sisters give themselves some time to enjoy the falling snow and by watching the birds who come to feed. Other Sisters choose to spend some time working on a personal project, others read, and still others pretend to work but not much is seen for the effort!
But who can just stay inside and watch the snow fall? Not me and not some of the other Sisters either. So after dinner a group of us went outside to play.
It took us a few minutes to gather together as we maneuvered through the deep snow. Some of us did not come out fully prepared: one had no coat on, one no boots or suitable shoes, and one no gloves. The coat-less one lasted only a few moments, which did not surprise the rest of us.
But we finally gathered and it was glorious. The wind was blowing, the snow was swirling all around us and we just stood there.
It didn’t take long for us to get moving because moving was better than standing.
And then Sr. Hannah picked it up. A big ball of snow. And do you know what she did?
She lobbed it at Sr. Margaret and that was the beginning of little snowball fight.
Sr. Christina tried to make a snowball but wasn’t doing a real good job at it so you can imagine what happened.
In the end, we had a great time just being outdoors and being together having some fun!
I mean, what’s a snow day for if you can’t have some fun?