To Everything There Is A Season

There are few things more enjoyable than watching a two-year-old immersing himself (literally) in the first snow-fall of the season. Here in Lander, the eagerly-anticipated event finally took place yesterday morning – much later than our previous Wyoming Winter Experiences would suggest.


While the four older boys were eager to get outside and “flounder around” in the meager 2+ inches the night’s storm had left behind, it was two-year-old James (Son #5) who was truly overjoyed. When he first got up and saw the wintry whiteness outside, he was falling over himself in his efforts to get outdoors.


Knowing that it was generally frowned upon to take his colorful, footed PJ’s outside, he removed them. Also aware that boots were considered an essential part of snow-time dress, he found a single, blue rain boot. When I came out of my bedroom to start breakfast, he was standing next to the back door clad only in a diaper and a boot. The suggestion that he was not appropriately attired was met with significant consternation.


Post-breakfast (and post-appropriate-attiring), however, he was finally released, and spent the morning examining (and ingesting) the snow to his heart’s content. Now, we’ll just have to see what he thinks of its continued presence in five months time.



Joseph Susanka has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since his graduation from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. Currently residing in Lander, Wyoming -- "where Stetsons meet Birkenstocks" -- he is a columnist for Crisis Magazine and the Patheos Catholic portal.

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