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A Child's First Snow - Winter Memories

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Children Playing in the Snow

Playing in the snow, making snowballs, snowmen, and sledding is so fun!  I loved this drawing, and all it depicts.  Public Domain.

Playing in the snow, making snowballs, snowmen, and sledding is so fun! I loved this drawing, and all it depicts. Public Domain.

Playing in the Snow for the First Time

It is that time of year again to make use of our winter clothing, jackets, even gloves. I now live in the Midwest, United States, but it wasn't always that way. I grew up in Southern California, and not in the mountain or high desert areas. So my exposure and experiences with the snow were pretty much non existent until that first time, of course.

I was probably about age seven years old or so. I had never seen the snow before. We lived a couple to three hours drive from Big Bear Mountain, in Southern California. Now that area will get snow on occasion, but usually I might only get a glimpse of it, not actually ever see it fall or be able to be out in it.

So there came an opportunity for my mother and her friend to take us up to the mountain on weekend! Someone had a cabin or rented one up there, and we were able to go up for one night, or it may have been two nights. Anyway, the idea was there and the opportunity. When my mom told my sister and I about it, we were simply ecstatic!

The weekend to go to the cabin in the mountains seemed forever away. Finally, the time had come. Well we packed up our things, and loaded up the car with everything. Even those snow sleds that looked like saucers. I couldn't contain my excitement! We finally got all loaded up, and my sister and our friend Trent was in the back with us, and our moms in the front seats. We laughed and listened to music as we looked out the window on the long trip up to the mountain. Our mom's had some fun music going as well. What could be better?

Well we arrived, and unpacked the car, and went inside. It was too dark and too late to do anything yet. So we decided to play in this little cabin, and there were carpeted stairs, something different! For the next little white we slid down those stairs, one stair at a time until we got rug burns on the backs of our legs! We didn't know that would happen, and had so much fun, though that really hurt. We had dinner and some fun, but then it was time for a bath and bed. How was I going to sleep? Somehow, we did end up falling asleep.

Having Fun Sledding in the Snow

This isn't a picture of us, but it was similar to this!  My sister and friend Trent were all sledding together.  It was such a happy time!

This isn't a picture of us, but it was similar to this! My sister and friend Trent were all sledding together. It was such a happy time!

First Time Sledding in the Snow!

My mom recalls waking up the next morning to find me outside, not dressed properly for the snow! This is so much my personality, and I am sure that of many other children, but I didn't seem to care. There was no time to waste, not one bit! As far as I was concerned, I had done "my time" and the sun was up, so the snow seemed fair game to be out in it! Of course I soon realized the wisdom of our mothers, and benefited greatly with being fully dressed for this fun time. My jacket was a bright pink, with a large hood that I didn't want on my head.

The next hours were filled with sledding and fun in the sunshine and snow! I can't tell you how fun that was. The kind of fun where you can't smile enough, laugh enough, and expend a lot of energy just running back up that hill. I will have to find the pictures, because I have seen them, but not for a while. There are some of my mom's friend Leanne as well, having a blast on the sled too! Huge smiles everywhere. If I can locate the pictures, I will scan and share them here as I can.

This was a precious time for a child. We wore ourselves out in the snow. I mean the kind of wore out where you don't even remember falling asleep the next time you did! Before we did fall asleep though, we had dinner, and played a lot of music that night and just enjoyed each others company and played some games. It was magical, and a very precious time with my sister, mother, friend Trent and his mom Leanne. Life was busy and taking the time to do something like that meant the world to a little girl like me.

It is the very thing that has encouraged me to carve out time for my own boys to play in the snow, have sleds, and everything else. We still will get out there on occasion and sled, but its very rare! There is nothing quite like when you are a child and it is your first time in the snow! Thankful for those memories! I will never forget it, and treasure the memory always.

Big Bear Mountain and Lake Arrowhead in California

Playing in the Snow - Poll

Winter Memories Challenge

This story was shared as part of a winter memories challenge. Thank you for sharing your stories, Jackie and Beth, and inspiring me to share one also. It was a lot of fun! I hope others will do the same!

If you have done a hub in this challenge, and don't see your story linked here, let me know and I will read it and add it here.

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© 2014 Paula


Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 11, 2015:

Hello Joyfulcrown, I am so glad to share them, and I love to read others stories as well. I think its great that you are that close to Big Bear and Arrowhead, as I went there so many times in my growing up years. I have some of my best memories there, and learned a lot of my love for nature from that area and the woods there, etc. I absolutely love it! Thanks for visiting and for your comment.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on January 11, 2015:

Hi Kevin, I am so glad to hear that! Thank you for commenting and pinning, I appreciate that.

Joyfulcrown on January 11, 2015:

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Thank you for sharing your childhood memories. I am only a few hours from Big Bear & Lake Arrowhead . My cousin has a cabin in Arrowhead, so I too have lovely memories of the area.

The Examiner-1 on January 11, 2015:

Thank you Paula, this was so good it made me remember an incident that happened to me one winter. I voted this up and pinned it.


Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 24, 2014:

Hello Elsie, I am so glad you felt the excitement we had, from reading this. That makes me smile!

I think a lot of people can't imagine the kind of cold and hard work you describe of feeding the animals, etc. Yes, perhaps we think of these things more as children. I hope you have had a nice Christmas day! We are just now into ours here. I think it will be nice, and thank you. Glad you visited and read here!

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on December 24, 2014:

Enjoyed reading your story, felt the excitement you had playing in the snow, while I was reading it.

We lived under Mt Egmont in Taranaki NZ, so we had snow around our house often in the winter, but I never played in it it was too cold, it was bad enough having to go and feed the animals in the snow.

Perhaps if I was a child I would have played in it though.

Hope you have had a nice christmas day.

Marina from Clarksville TN on December 19, 2014:

You are welcome.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 19, 2014:

MelRoots, so you know exactly what I am talking about, growing up in California where you did, even though the northern part! We just didn't get that much snow, so the joys of when we did get to see it were huge! Yes, a whole different world. Thank you for visiting my hub and reading. Have a wonderful day.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 19, 2014:

Hello Jodah, yes the challenge has been great fun to be a part of and see what others are doing. I will be heading over today to see yours, as it looks like you did do one yourself! Glad you sensed the fun and enjoyment, from even such a simple memory as I recalled it. It was a special time.

Thanks for your visit and vote, I appreciate it! Have a great day.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 19, 2014:

Good Morning Phyllis, yes our mothers are great for helping us to have such experiences. I am eternally grateful for all my mother has done for me. As for the memories, ones like these bring back cherished times together with those we love, even though they may be somewhat simple. I am glad you got a sense of what I felt, and and appreciate your reading and visit here.

Melody Lassalle from California on December 18, 2014:

I enjoyed your story so much. I grew up in the SF Bay Area. It snowed once during my whole childhood and that was a freak thing. We went up to the snow a couple of times. It was like a whole different world for us. Thanks for sharing!

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on December 18, 2014:

Wonderful response to Jackie's challenge Paula. You certainly had a snowy Winter to remember and your hub expressed the fun and enjoyment. Voted up. (I am working on my response to the challenge. Hopefully I will have it finished soon.)

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on December 17, 2014:

What a delightful memory you shared with us, Paula. Thank you for this fun time. I could almost feel the excitement of sledding with you. Such a great time you had for your first experience in the snow. Aren't mothers wonderful to do things like that for us?

voted up, across and H+

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 17, 2014:

Faith Reaper, The deep South, a wonderful place! I have lived in the South for a little bit of my life as an adult, and know a little bit of what you speak of with the snow and storms, etc. It was exciting to get snow, but in general we didn't get a lot. So if I was a child when I lived there, I can imagine being happy to see it again. I can imagine how exciting it had to be for you as a child.

Thank you for your visit, and vote, pinning, sharing, etc. That is so nice! Merry Christmas!

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 17, 2014:

Marina, thank you for sharing your sledding experiences here. Growing up in Southeast Germany had to be beautiful and interesting. I can't imagine the sledding experiences you describe, or can only a very little bit. That packed down ice had to be super slippery! Yes, scary for some, but fun for others I am sure. What great memories it sounds like you made!

Thanks for visiting my hub and reading and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 17, 2014:

Hi Mary, well that sounds like rather interesting winter weather! I have lived in a place that was kind of similar to that, and it was rough. Though the icicles could be so beautiful. Thank you for visiting and commenting here. I know your stories, they are wonderful and many, and love them. Thanks for all you have shared. I hope to catch up before long. Merry Christmas to you!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 17, 2014:

Thank you for participating in Jackie's winter memories challenge here and sharing your wonderful memories of your first snow experience and your mountain trip. I could feel the excitement in your writing of reliving that special memory.

I grew up in the Deep South, where it was rare for it to snow, but when it did, it was a winter storm and very unusual for us, being the South is not prepared for such ice and snow. As children, my siblings and I were excited at seeing snow!

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Marina from Clarksville TN on December 17, 2014:

I grew up in southern southeast Germany, in the Stutgart area, and we had snow often in the winter. I also remember how it was sledding down hills with our sled. We would walk with our sleds into the country side where there were hills so we could have a fun sled ride downhill. First we had to climb the hill which wasn't easy. Then there were the trees to avoid which was sort of dangerous and the sled path became ice packed after so many sleigh riders had used it which was fun for most and scary for some :-)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 17, 2014:

I grew up where we had lots of ice, but no snow. We would have rain, then the temp. would dip, and there would be icicles hanging from the trees. Our water pipes would burst, and the windshield on the car would be solid ice.

I never built a snowman! I enjoyed your story very much!

Voted UP, etc.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 17, 2014:

Peachpurple, that is so true, the memories and that Christmas were very much memorable. Watching all the Christmas shows as a child which included snow, meant so much more after having been in the snow like that! To the children that didn't get to be a part normally, this meant the world. A whole new thing to discover. Thanks for your comment.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 17, 2014:

Rebecca, Big Bear Mountain and Lake is a beautiful area. They are pretty simple in terms of what it all entailed, but the fun and memories are big and very happy. Thank you for your comment and visit.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 17, 2014:

Jackie, I relate to the comment about almost snow blind and frozen, but the fun outweighing it all! That is so true. It was a special thing for sure, not normally getting to have the snow like that. It was extra special. Thanks for your comment and having the challenge, I appreciate it!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 17, 2014:

wow, you had a very memorable christmas

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 17, 2014:

Sounds like a beautiful place, beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 16, 2014:

Such a great, fun story; especially with the snow being so special to you being something you did not get normally! I felt the feelings you must have had as I have many times as a child. Almost snow blind and frozen but the fun outweighs it all!

I will hurry your link over to my challenge page so anyone coming by can catch it and I will share it around right now before I leave.

You did a great job.

Paula (author) from The Midwest, USA on December 16, 2014:

Easylearningweb, that sounds like great fun, building such a special snowman and capturing that with photos. So glad you did that! I will have to check it out.

There is something very special about playing in the snow, and building snowmen, sledding, throwing snowballs, etc. I love that we are remembering these things ,and when our kids did it also. Love that! Thanks for sharing and for your visit here.

Amelia Griggs from U.S. on December 16, 2014:

Hi oceansnsunsets, I have one for you...I recently wrote a hub that's called "Easy Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Build A Snowman"

which I was inspired to write after looking through some pictures I took of my son and his friends making a snowman in past. I think it was the best snowman we made. Some fond memories!

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