I don’t know where you are right now, but here in Montclair, New Jersey, we’re experiencing a thrilling adventure…another 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 “SNOW DAY” two of the most glorious words in the English language. It meant NO SCHOOL! HOT CHOCOLATE! PLAYING CARDS! GOOFING AROUND! READING BOOKS!
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. 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?
I’m not spending the day in a snow fort made of blankets the way we did when I was a kid, but I am all set to enjoy my snow day. Luckily, I don’t have to travel. I have my children’s novel revision to work on, so I’ve got plenty of work. And I’m well provisioned — an absolute snow-day must. Sillycow Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows! Hazelnut 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 “time out” — a day where the outside world waits 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!