Despite the glorious weather that we continue to enjoy this fall, it's a (sad) fact of life that winter is coming. Last week, I went through my inventory of children's snow suit attire to see which items fit which kid, and to make a list of what I need to purchase before the first snowfall; and we're anticipating a trip to the mall shortly to outfit them all with winter boots. This past weekend, we headed to a second hand store and to Canadian Tire to buy skates and helmets, knowing that they all begin skating lessons this coming Sunday. The kids really can't understand what all of this 'equipment' and clothing are for, and think that we're outfitting them in clothing that is way too "hot and big."
So yesterday, I found pictures of snow on the internet and showed the kids various landscapes where the ground and trees were covered with the white stuff. They stared at each picture for minutes, unable to comprehend what they were looking at. Then I found a video of falling snow and Seth gasped, utterly riveted to the computer screen, when he saw the abundance of white flakes. He asked "what is that?" "That, my dear, is snow!" I told him. I explained (rather poorly, frankly - how does one explain snow??!) that they could imagine it was raining outside but that the rain would be soft and white, and that they could pick it up and and throw it, or play in it. Seth kept shaking his head - but really, how could he or Lizzie possibly understand what they have never seen? They have told us that their 'Teacher' in our agency's transition house told them that there is winter in Canada and that it is cold outside, but they still deny that it will ever get cold outside; it must be hard for a teacher who has never experienced snow herself, or a Canadian winter, to explain it in such a way as to help children envision piles and piles of snow covering every surface.
Though I certainly hope to defer the snow experience for as long as possible, there is a part of me that can hardly wait for the day when I wake the kids up and say, "hey, take a look outside...and welcome to your very own winter wonderland."