All that aside, last week was an amazingly rare display of winter here in the south. It actually snowed! It was oddly both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Terrifying because so many people were left stranded for hours, and for some, even days in the cold. Some were forced to abandon their cars that were stuck on the interstate and icy roads and had to walk miles before reaching warmth and shelter. But for those who were fortunate enough to make it home just before the snowpocalypse took full effect, watching the snow falling was simply just so beautiful.
We are lucky to be able to work from home, so we weren't stuck in the madness. Instead, we got to walk a block and a half over to our neighborhood park and actually play in the snow. It was A's first snow! The magic and wonderment that surrounded her was enough to make my heart feel like it was going to burst. We then met with good friends of ours for what has now been dubbed the Tuesday Night Snow Party. We indulged in pizza and vintage cocktails while A took advantage of staying up past her bedtime since school was definitely closed. For three days (!!!), A didn't have school and so we took that time off to hang out with her. And it occurred to me that those small pleasures that we so often take for granted really mean everything when you're with those who matter the most in your life. It's really that simple.