Haibun: Snow Day

Haibun: Snow Day

Yesterday it snowed. Not a momentous occasion for you folks who live up North but it was for us who live down South. The last few winters have in fact been unusually snowy and cold for us. The past three weeks, the temperature hovered around 18F both day and night. Brutal cold. But…yesterday it snowed. The state department where my husband works was closed for the day due to the weather. After several weeks of extreme cold, frozen pipes, and a chore to go anywhere or do anything, my husband and I decided to play. We needed it.

We built a blanket fortress in the living room. This room is usually silent but today, it rang with laughter. We used heavy books to anchor the blankets. A quilt on the floor completed our fortress. Breakfast was oatmeal with fresh blueberries (on sale for some reason at the local Aldi’s). We ate sitting on the floor and looking at the snow outside our huge picture window. Board games was the order of the day. After beating him several times at Parcheesi and Dominoes, he switched us to Monopoly. Before we started, I fixed us a lunch of grilled cheese and bacon sammies and for dessert, a fruit cup. The fruit cup was divine made with grapes, blueberries, and sliced pear and drenched in a simple syrup to which I had added lime zest and juice. We took a nap. We plotted the downfall of Trump. We finished our game of Monopoly which I finally lost on purpose because to be honest, I was tired of it. I read him a story (The Three Bears) and we took another nap.

Outside it was snowing hard and cold. Inside, it was warm and laughter rang out. I had left the fort at one point to feed the birds and to put out food for the stray cats. A day without news, TV, or other stresses. We were kids again, best friends against the world and its woes. He went back to work today. I miss him.

fortress of blankets –
us against the world – snow falls –
we play at being kids

copyright kanzensakura

14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dale.beck1@hotmail.com
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 12:35:43

    wish we had snow days… but all we get is rain!


  2. dale.beck1@hotmail.com
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 12:38:17

    like you big wave motif


  3. Shawna
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 14:04:41

    This is so flippin’ awesome!!!

    We got a half-inch of snow too. You’d have thought it was ski-worthy the way the kids acted in response. 🙂


    • kanzensakura
      Jan 18, 2018 @ 14:21:00

      Thank you sweet Shawna. We had so much fun playing, laughing, napping, talking. We ended up with four inches of snow. You would have thought it was a blizzard and we were deeply snowed in. Kids are so much fun with snow, even us old kids.


  4. merrildsmith
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 14:20:39

    Exactly what a snow day should be!
    When my girls were young, I always made them cinnamon toast and cocoa on snow days.


  5. Victoria C. Slotto
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 14:24:15

    Pure delight. I love the idea of playing together, of being childlike. Full of joy, just what’s called for on a snow day.


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  7. whippetwisdom
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 16:15:08

    So much fun to be kids again Toni, I love your snow day and your haibun too! :o) xxx


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