Snow Day

A few weeks ago, a bit of snow fell, and I found myself longing for the days when my two children were little and a snow day felt like a miracle. As I remember it, we would ride the tube sleds down the hill in our back yard until our cheeks were rosy and our toes numb with cold. Then we’d snuggle inside, with hot chocolate, grilled-cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. What I wouldn’t do for just one more of those cozy days.

Well, today that wish was granted. Sort of. My 20-year-old daughter and my 17-year-old son are both home with me today because a big snowstorm caused cancellations of her work and his school. I spent an hour or so with them this morning, chatting over coffee and playing with the dogs.

But then they disappeared to their respective rooms, and here I sit, typing on my computer.

We no longer own tube sleds, so sledding is out – even if sledding had been on either kid’s agenda today. Perhaps someone will want a mug of hot chocolate later. But there will certainly not be cuddling on the couch, with me reading a book to them.

That could make me sad – if I let it. But things can’t stay the same forever. I’m choosing instead to focus on the great things that I currently have in my life. I’ve got two nearly-grown kids who are doing amazing things with their lives. I’ve got a loving and supportive husband who makes sure the driveway is plowed and the cars cleared in case we need to run errands. I’ve got two dogs brimming with love for life; the big puppy will need a walk, which will give me the opportunity to get out and enjoy the day – even without a sled.

For those of us with multiple sclerosis, accepting change is the name of the game. It’s inevitable that our lives will change in ways good and bad. If we can, at least some of the time, move past acceptance and learn to embrace change, all the better.

Jennifer LaRue Huget, Blogger

Jennifer LaRue Huget was diagnosed with MS in 2001. A freelance writer and children's book author, she lives in Connecticut with her husband, two teenage kids, and two brown dogs. Her website is