Yesterday was December 1, and as it turns out, it was also the first real snowfall of the season. We had a few flurries over the past couple of weeks, but yesterday’s precipitation actually led to some accumulation and some very slick roads.
When Lucy woke up yesterday morning, I mentioned to her that we actually got some snow. She was very curious about this whole snow thing and ran to our front window to see. After a few seconds’ inspection she pointed and exclaimed “no!”, which I took to mean “snow” without the “sn” sound. She was smiling when she said it, so at the time it seemed the most likely translation. As I look back on the last 36 hours, I’m beginning to wonder if that’s what she meant after all.
Once the household was up and moving, I left for work. When I came home yesterday evening, CJ said that they were running late to get Katherine to school so they didn’t have time to play on the playground at all. Then, when CJ dropped Lucy off at her daycare she just ran in, not wanting to have anything to do with the white stuff. When CJ picked her up from daycare, however, she ran to the back door ahead of CJ, happy to be going outside again.
She stopped short.
That white stuff was still out there. And it was… oh no… it was completely – COMPLETELY – covering the walk from the house to the car! Worse yet, there was more of it falling from the sky!
Lucy started backing away from the door slowly. “No! No! NO!”
CJ: “Lucy, it’s ok. The snow is ok. Look, you can even eat it!” CJ walked out, tilted her head back and stuck out her tongue. “Aaaah. See? It’s fine!”
Lucy remained dubious, but followed CJ out. She stuck out her tongue and discovered that eating falling snowflakes was great fun.
CJ reached down to touch the snow on the ground. “See, you can touch it, too.”
Lucy’s scrunched up her face into a frown. She looked down at the snow under her feet. Oh, shoot, I was so wrapped up in what Mommy was doing with the falling snow that I forgot about the stuff on the ground – and now I’m walking on it! I don’t like this. I don’t like this one bit.
Lucy slowly reached down to the ground.
She got within a couple of millimeters of making contact, and then…
At least she was smiling this time. She did that a good five more times before she actually touched the snow.
Then, CJ scooped up some of the snow on her finger and showed it to Lucy. The snow slowly melted and eventually disappeared.
Lucy was very concerned.
“Lucy, do you want to put some on your finger.”
Vigorous head shakes. Are you kidding, woman?!? I just watched that snow burrow itself into your skin, and you want me to try it?!? Are you out of your mind?!?
This morning, CJ got Lucy up and changed her diaper. “Lucy, the snow is still here.”
Lucy looked CJ in the eye, frowned and said “Snow bye bye”.
CJ, who I’m sure had to stifle a laugh asked, “You want the snow to go bye bye? It’s going to be around for a long time.”
Lucy frowned even more deeply (if that was even possible) and responded, “No. No.”
Like I said, yesterday morning’s “no” perhaps wasn’t a shortened – and happy – version of “snow” after all. When she takes the silver at the 2030 Winter Olympics in Snowboarding, I’ll have to trot this story back out.