here in the mountains of my home we get a few "gift"
days when the snow falls faster and heavier than the snow plows
can move it away. It usually happens
at night. We wake up in the morning only to see anywhere
between six and twelve inches of fresh fallen snow lining our
My kids love these days. They love it especially when it
happens during the middle of the week and they get a "snow
day" off from school. Being snowed in doesn't bother
them because we eventually wade out into the deep snow to build
snowmen, snowwomen, and
We also have our
share of snowball fights and make snow angels. The kids and
their Mom have also been known to gather some snow up for snow ice
cream and snow slushies. I don't mind shoveling the drive so
much when I know that a slushie of snow mixed with orange juice is
waiting for me when I head back inside.
The gifts of these snowed in days has become a special source of
joy for me and my family over the years. While many people
see them only as a nuisance and a danger we have been blessed to
see the joys that can lie in them as well. I think that if
people could only see the joy and happiness that can lie in the
"bad" days that they would begin to realize what a gift
life truly is.
Yes, life has its share of problems, frustrations, pains, and
sorrows. It also has, however, an endless supply of beauty,
joy, light, laughter, and love. It is up to us to choose
what we want out of it. Life is a wonderful, glorious gift
given to us by God. Each new day we receive it again.
Whether it comes in the form of a bright sunny day or a snowed in
day it is ours. May each of you then enjoy to the fullest
the gift of your life and all its days. May
each of you give thanks to God for all the joy, love, and life you
have been given.
Joe's a happily married father of three
who lives in the mountains of West Virginia.