Achievement unlocked: Snow

To be in the snow seems like to be just a dream for people like us. It’s like we can see it only be in the movies, in the games. I have never imagined that soon we’d frolic in it. Yesterday it happened.

Red wheelchair in the snow.

Marcus is someone who can go sleep in an air-conditioned room just wearing sando and pajama so we had a hard time getting him to wear extra layer of clothing since we arrived in the US. He would complain at every opportunity justifying he could take the cold. However snow changed his mind in an instant.

Bally the Snowman.

To build a snowman had been his main plan when he learned we’d be at Kirkwood. So immediately after lunch we made one for him though it didn’t look like typical–one with the carrot nose and button eyes. He named it Bally.

Using apple and grapes. This is the best snowman size and look we can do.

Marcus had fun nevertheless. He experienced his first snowfight and saw the elements he used to only see in his Call of Duty map–the condensation when he exhales, the bright red plastic fence, the massive white snow. He loves the snow so much that he would’ve wanted to stay longer.

He can’t move his legs so I got a good excuse to make a snow angel for him.

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Marcus with his uncle.

Wifey and I had our first ski lesson and it was one I didn’t expect her to enjoy.  She was so anxious about it that I had a good laugh when I discovered she was watching YouTube ski videos during the wee hours of the morning before our trip. The tutorial seems to have paid off as she did better than expected. Had she hydrated enough she could have reached the Graduation slope with me.

There was bitterness in the experience though. Along with our ski class were kids learning how to snowboard. I couldn’t help but admire how cute they were in their complete gears.

“How old are you guys?” I asked some of them when I got close to the group after I exited the conveyor.

“I’m 5…I’m 8,” came the replies. For some moment I almost teared up. Marcus could have been one of them.

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Mood: 4/10 Honks! (Old dog, new trick.)