January 2013 is memorable for a number of reasons. It saw not only the arrival of our daughter into the world but it was also the last time we experienced heavy snowfall. In my case the two experiences will forever be inextricably linked; digging the car out of snow was one of the many challenges I faced as a new parent.
Two years on and our now toddling daughter has seen snow depicted in story books often enough but had never experienced it first hand. Weather forecasts would time and again offer some magical promise of snow but it was always in the Scottish Highlands or Midlands; the Home Counties remained untouched and as green as ever. Snow is so unreliable that I didn’t even include in the wish list of ‘things to do and see before you’re three‘.
Then on Saturday morning it finally happened. Light and gentle at first followed by increasingly frequent and heavy flakes. The unthinkable happened for an English winter: it was actually laying, we were going to see snow.
Knowing what a fleeting visitor snow can be here we quickly wrapped Tilly up and packed her off into the garden to experience it. It wasn’t until this moment that I fully appreciated what a brilliant sensory experience snow offers. In no particular order there’s:
- Touch – it’s cold to the touch and can turn your fingers pink
- Sight – it floats gently to the ground and turns everything white
- Sound – lots of snow muffles the normal sounds of the day
- Tactile – crunchy underfoot and with footprints where you’ve walked
- Play – malleable into snowballs and of course a snowman
Although Tilly’s experience of snow was relatively brief before the cold set in, I’m absolutely sure she’ll remember it for a good long while to come. In typical fashion by the afternoon it had all but melted but she’d had the experience and it was wonderful to see. It can be an inconvenience but I wouldn’t object to another snow day this year for Tilly to get out and enjoy it a little more.
Has your child also recently experienced snow for the first time? Please leave your comments below.
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