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once upon a snowgirl

March 7, 2011

Certain things you expect to learn when you become a parent: changing diapers, folding onesies, bulking up the college savings.

Then along comes a Snowgirl.

Not to be confused with a Snowman.

Snowgirls have hearts, and hair, and mismatched eyes (penny and rock, respectively).

Snowgirls must be hugged.

And kissed.

By everyone.

Including the dog, if you can drag him unwillingly by the leash toward a snowy cheek.

And then comes the thing you were not prepared for in the Parenting 101 class: Snowgirls on a 50-degree day.

It fell to me to deal with Snowgirl the day after the slush melted.

First, I decapitated Snowgirl.

Then, I may or may not have poked out a penny eyeball.

For a second, I got her mushed back into a semi-reclined vertical position.

Then, her head piddled away again.

Finally, I admitted defeat and told a lie: “Snowgirl is sleeping.  See?  She’s lying down for a nap!”

So now I’m going to raise my hand and ask a follow-up question:  What do I say tomorrow morning when all that remains of Snowgirl is a carrot, a heart, a handful of rocks, and a penny?

Maybe I could claim she had to run to the potty…

 

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2011 6:06 pm

    Any parent should use this as a valuable opportunity to teach your children about death.

    “Snow-girl is gone, honey. The heat killed her. One day we all die, you’ll die too. It’s best that we don’t let her suffer. Here, help mommy chop up the body with this. We can eat the nose.”

  2. March 7, 2011 6:15 pm

    Wow, I guess they just don’t teach you everything in parenting 101! Have you checked out 202 yet?? JK. Just like caterpillars turn into butterflies, snow melts and helps all the beautiful things grow! The snowgirl didn’t go anywhere, she melted into the ground to make all of the beautiful aspects of Spring wake up… or something like that. Good luck!!

  3. Nancy permalink
    March 7, 2011 8:08 pm

    I agree with Melissa – you can also tell her that snowgirl can come to visit again next year – save a few pieces for her if you want. Let that penny, rocks, and heart wait in a special spot. Also, it might be a good idea to make a scrapbook of snowgirls and how they grow and change from year to year. Love you. looking forward to seeing you soon.

  4. March 8, 2011 9:21 am

    I like the flower idea–especially since snow girl was holding an Isabelle picked crocus bouquet!

  5. Julia permalink
    March 9, 2011 8:26 am

    I am forever the little sister who is not as cool as her older sister…seriously even your snowgirl is cooler than any snowman I have ever made with my kids. 🙂

  6. March 31, 2011 10:08 am

    Some life lessons are hard to teach to little ones. I’m sure you handled it perfectly!

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