‘Oh please, dad! Please!’
Dad slowly opens our back door. It’s dark but I can see the flakes in the beam of the outside light.
‘Oh, wow! It is! It is!’
My brother and I squeak and squeak and my face is one enormous grin.
Next morning the snow is really deep. The cat refuses to set paw outside but we can’t wait. Dad gets the wooden sledge he made us, out of the shed and we pull on hats and gloves and scarves.
Magical. But not just when I was a child.
It was magical today.
We pulled on our hats, gloves and scarves but this time I had my OH with me, not my brother. We trudged up the lane, stopping every few minutes to exclaim at the beauty around us. Everything seemed to be wearing a ‘hat’, every twig and every fence post. Birds danced and darted, searching for a drink, dogs were up to their tummies in snow and parked cars were shrouded in white fur puffer jackets.
Then came the best bit!
We joined our neighbours and their children who were sledging on an open slope on the edge of the village. Brightly coloured sledges contrasted with the white-out, flasks of coffee steamed and wet gloves were abandoned.
‘Want to have a go, Linda?’
One of our friends was laughing as he offered me his child’s sledge. To his, and my, surprise I heard myself say, ‘Love to!’ and I sat down and grabbed the rope, with the confidence and fearlessness of a child. He gave me a push and I was off, shrieking and squealing down the slope. I was Time Travelling, ten years old again, loving the chill on my cheeks, not a care in the world.
I will remember today because…
- I re-discovered my inner child
- I delighted in my sense of fun
- I took pleasure in the small things
- I smiled at everyone and they smiled back
- I noticed every twig, branch, roof top, fence, gate, paw-print
- I spoke to every one and they spoke back
- I ignored the slushy stuff in the road
- I lived every second of this amazing day
- I marvelled at my world
Hold on a minute!
Why can’t I do all those things every day?
I think I can.
And, I’m sure, so can you.
When did you last Time Travel and re-discover your inner child?
What do you wish you could still enjoy that you enjoyed back then?