Monday, January 19, 2009
Mind over Matter
We've had a lot of snow this year, and even though Kyle had been theoretically excited about winter bringing snow, during our first real snow he decided that as in years' past, he didn't really like playing in the white stuff. In fact, he would sometimes cry when he had to walk through it, and this wouldn't do.
Terry and I tried to get him excited about it -- citing the fact that we were going to take a little winter vacation getaway with his best buddy William who DOES like playing in the snow, and that appeared to work. When we visited William's house last week, Kyle wanted to play outside in the snow that day. However, they were both recovering from colds and it was frigid outside, so his mom and I discouraged it.
This weekend we got more snow, and lo and behold, he played outside with his big sister -- not once, but twice throughout the weekend -- even making his first snow angel.
I don't know if he's "cured" or not, but I'm glad that they could enjoy some healthy winter fun.
Speaking of which, I want to clear up any misconception that I might have created. I do not like to shovel snow. The point I was making in that post was that if there's something I enjoy doing (or should be doing, like snow-shoveling), and it has the added benefit of exercise, that's a good thing, because I can feel less guilty about not "exercising" regularly.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr day, I reprinted my Freedom Walkers review (that I first published two years ago here) over on 5 Minutes for Books. Check it out. Reading it over, I reminded myself what an excellent book it was.