Snow Day

We had a snow day yesterday. The schools were closed and as predicted, the roads were a proverbial mess. Those who could, stayed at home, and watched the champagne powder continue to fall all day long.

There’s a path near our house that is used as a walkway to get from one street to the other. On snow days it becomes the local toboggan run.  The kids were there all afternoon squealing with joy as their parents supervised. And then last night, I heard the dads were back, sliding down the slope and howling with laughter.  Clearly, kids at heart.

We rarely get snow in Victoria, so when we do, we take pictures and share them with all our friends and family living elsewhere. “See what we got!” we shout with jubilation. And who would have guessed that only a week ago, we were bragging about our blooming snow drops everywhere.


Charli Mills’ February 2nd Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge was to write a 99 word (no more, no less) story about a rock in the road.  It could be physical, adding a plot twist or it can be metaphorical for a barrier or hardship.  As always, Charli suggests we go where the prompt leads us, and this is where it led me.


“Some boys were out tobogganing at McDonald’s hill today,” said Jim, his mouth full of homemade lasagna.

“Really,” said Gladys, reaching for the garlic bread.

“Yup. It looked like Tommy dared the others into it.”

“He would. He takes after his dad. Dave was always getting into scrapes as a lad.”

“One of them broke his sled; ran it into a rock.”

“He okay?

“Just a bruised ego,” said Jim and wiped his mouth. “I heard we’re in for another blizzard tonight.”

“Well, it can howl all it wants. We ain’t goin’ anywhere tomorrow.”

“No, but the boys will.”


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    1. I agree, literally, I would not like snowing rocks! This year was unusual for us. We had three storms pass through in under a week. It felt like Christmas week without the seasonal festivities. “Victoria shuts down” in a snow storm; everything comes to a stand-still. I’m not sure the same holds true where you live. I suppose I’ll be basking in heat when you are out playing in the snow.

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      1. There’s no snow near me, Kate. The closest is about 1400 kilometres away. We were hoping to have a family snow holiday in July this year, but couldn’t secure accommodation, so sadly it won’t be on. It will still be warm for us when you are also warm. We have beautiful mild winters. 🙂

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        1. Snow holidays are fun because their whole purpose is to frolic in the white stuff for a few days. Sorry you will miss your’s this year. I grew up in a climate where we had lots of snow every winter, so I’m very happy living in a climate that usually enjoys mild winters, like you.

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          1. I think I understand that. I can’t imagine living somewhere with frequent and heavy snow falls and short, short days. I’m not even keen on our “winter” days when darkness falls at 5 pm. 🙂

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    1. When I was a child, I was the only one who was happy when we had mounds of wet snow on the ground. Shovelling the snow was back wrenching (that was my Dad’s job and my brother’s); I got to play in it and make snowmen. 🙂

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