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.
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Jennifer

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 www.jenniferlaruehuget.com.

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    jackiebcentraltexas  Jan 3, 2014 11:32 AM
    Since diagnosis in September of 2011 have "embraced" quite a few changes, MS has not hindered me as yet only slowed me down some days more than others.

    Jennifer glad you had your "snow day" and your son and daughter chose to share at least some of it with you, making memories is much better than just "remembering what used to be".
  • Marsha Michaels   Jan 3, 2014 11:44 AM
    Growing up in NY, I remember those snow days. Now forty years with MS I live in beautiful San Francisco. My MS has slowly progressed to needing a scooter which gets me every where I need to go. As I think of you in the snow, I'm so grateful that is not an obstacle in my life but a lovely memory.
  • LAURIE GARVIN   Jan 3, 2014 12:54 PM
    I am trying to have my Neice read your books.
  • Kathy   Jan 3, 2014 1:02 PM
    This touched my heart. I remember those days with my 2 sons
    now 33 and 31! Memories!
  • Kathy   Jan 3, 2014 1:02 PM
    This touched my heart. I remember those days with my 2 sons
    now 33 and 31! Memories!
  • Cathy   Jan 3, 2014 1:24 PM
    I was diagnosed with ms in 1972. Through these years I have had many ups and downs. I have a very supportive husband. In fact we will celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary in April. We have two wonderful children and two grandchildren. My life has been wonderful; I am a very positive thinking person.
    I will never forget, however, when the neurologist gave me the diagnosis of ms. I was really frightened. I again have that same feeling of fright as my neurologist has advised me I have secondary progressive ms. I've never let anything keep me from pushing through whatever ms has thrown at me, but I can feel more disability week by week.
    I pray for a cure.
  • JoDee   Jan 3, 2014 5:25 PM
    Due to ms I am home and don't drive, kids just went back to college from winter break. Sure is lonely. But love the time with everyone!,
  • kwec7744  Jan 3, 2014 10:18 PM
    I find it a little amusing that every comment so far, reflect on past fun in the snow, while we here in OZ battle with record heat. It could be record cold for us next year! Regards, Ken (SPMS).
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    Brown-Poodle  Jan 6, 2014 8:48 AM
    I am very touched by the comments.
    I understand those who miss those times. I do myself.
    Right now in the Northern New England we are having a really bad winter for us.
    We have been spoiled over the past few years.
    Enjoy each day for you never know what is in story for you in the future.
  • Bob   Jan 8, 2014 10:15 AM
    Living in Maine I remember these days well! Kids are now 35 and 38 but now with with 3 grandkids I smile ever more..You have lots to look foward to. Enjoy every day. They go by so fast.
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    Brown-Poodle  Jan 8, 2014 3:43 PM
    Hi Bob,
    You are so right those days do go fast.
    My kids are 44 & 37 now. I have 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
    It seems like yesterday that the grandchildren where little. Now only the last one is little.
  • Diane   Jan 23, 2014 1:48 PM
    Since having moved from Chicago to Panhandle of Florida, I sure don't miss shoveling, slippery roads, etc. That being said sure do miss spending time in the snow with my 2 boys. Something so magical about thawing out in front of blazing fireplace!!! Since being diagnosed at age 30 with MS, I can still do everything i used to do, but with much more effort. I'm now 58, and do everything I can to stay physical. My "boys" are no longer at home, so I can concentrate on myself. Can't wait for some grandkids to spoil!