I don’t know where you are right now, but here in Montclair, New Jersey, we’re experiencing a thrilling adventure…a SNOW DAY! I know, I know, for some people this is a trial, but for me, it’s a treat. When I was a kid, I considered the words “SNOW DAY” to be two of the most glorious words in the English language. It meant NO SCHOOL! HOT
CHOCOLATE! PLAYING CARDS! READING BOOKS! All of which would happen in a fort made of sheets and blankets that my brother and sisters and I constructed out of our bunk
beds in our old apartment in Manhattan.
I can still see my beloved sister Judy reading one of her favorite stories, Snow Bound with Betsy. Could there be a more perfect book title for a snowy day? Sometimes I wish I had a copy of that book, which is lost in the mists of time. But then I realize that I don’t even need it — just the title is so evocative, that it summons up happy memories in an instant. Books are like that, aren’t they?
Well, I’m not in a snow fort made of blankets today, but I am all set to enjoy my snow day. Luckily, I don’t have to travel. I have a freelance writing project and my novel to work on, so I’ve got plenty of work to do. And I’m well provisioned — an absolute must for an
enjoyable snow day. Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate! Oatmeal and Blueberry Jam! Southern Pecan Coffee! Fire Wood! They’re all on hand — everything I need for a fun and productive snow-bound interlude.
Sometimes it’s a gift to have a day where the outside world falls gently and quietly on your doorstep. A day where you can plan and dream, ponder and write. It’s the perfect time to let your imagination soar. May we all be safe and protected, and warm and cozy. Write on!