Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Snowy Day

For those who may not know, I am a children's book lover. I cannot help myself. I adore everything about these books. When Will and I go to Books-A-Million and get separated in our states of perusal, he always knows where I can be found. I will be roaming the aisles of the kid's section. So many colors.. so many characters... to many favorites to name.

But today, on the eve of what is supposed to be a huge snowstorm in the Deep South, I am reminded of one of my favorite books of all time. It's an old one, and you probably know it. My mother introduced it to me when I was very young, and I've never forgotten. If you know this book, it probably grabbed your heart right away, and has stayed in your memory as it has in mine. What book am I talking about? None other than The Snowy Day by Jack Ezra Keats.

Just the idea of waking up knowing that the snowy wonder awaits. The sheer excitement of realizing that you can go explore in the world of white. Everything is still when it snows. It's a tranquil, beautiful miracle that we so seldom see in the South. Oh, please please come tomorrow snow! Bring your graceful presence to blanket our sweet city. What a beautiful picture of peace for a city enveloped in so much constant turmoil.

courtesy of the Penguin Group

Snow lightens my heart, and brings clarity to my mind... I inherited the love of poetry from a truly wonderful man... my Father. In the words of one of our favorite poets, Robert Frost, in his poem Dust of Snow:

"The way the crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From the hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued."

Oh I love snow. I so hope it comes! If it does, I'm just going to take a day to rejoice in the Lord's sweet gift of the wintry miracle!

Love in Christ,

Mary Frances

1 comment:

  1. Yay, for snow! We had such a fun day playing in our 3-4 inches. I posted some pics of the kiddos doing various snowy activites. I would love to see some shots of your snow fun!!! :) Melissa


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