Sunday, November 22, 2015

november snow

about a month ago i rallied hard for a trip to town to fit william for a new pair of snow boots.  i got outvoted that day and we didn't really think about it until last night when william had to play in the snow using his rain boots.  

so mid-morning we went out today to try to catch a bus for a trip to town to get the boots-- not having expected that the season's first snow would be such a whopper.  around two feet of snow fell yesterday.  

and we waited patiently enough until my phone and a passerby walking his dog told me that the bus was not coming.  it wouldn't be able to get up the hill past the bus stop and the one that tried had to be towed away.  so we went home, looked in the giveaway shed, found a pair that was too small, talked to a neighbor and borrowed a pair that he played in for the rest of the day.  when he came in for the last time, they were soaked.  in fact, anything that was worn outside long enough today came in soaked.  both boys snowsuits are soaked.  i found a pair of snow pants we'd brought from madison with one of our old neighbor's name written on them and put them on henry and later greg brought out a second winter coat for him to wear after the first got too wet.  i started to worry about what they would do tomorrow.  these snowsuits are slow to dry. i found another pair of snow pants for william, but the other winter suit we have for henry is too small and falling apart (might do in a pinch, but not ideal for this kind of weather) and the final pair of snow pants i'd been hoarding is a season too small.  but, by a stroke of luck (or something) when william and i went back out later in the day to stand at the bus stop for the second time without success, i decided to check in the giveaway shed again on our way back home, just in case we'd somehow missed a pair of boots.  no boots, but i found a size 4 snowsuit just waiting for henry.  

william, however, seems to be stuck with his rain boots until i can get to town tomorrow... 

we'll triple sock him tomorrow morning and maybe i can drop off some winter boots during school.  it's a parenting fail, but i don't think he's at risk of losing any toes.  

that's the apparel situation in the house.

you think you're prepared until you realize you forgot about the boots and the buses aren't running.


nina said...

Wait: how often do you have a foot of snow fall on you in November? Never? I rest my case: no parenting failure. Weather failure. And in any case, three pairs of socks is more warmth than anything that a boot may give. (It's amazing how here, whatever you do not have, Amazon or Target on line can readily supply within 48 hours. You don't move a step. You just sit back and let your arteries harden and let capitalism do the rest.)

greg|regan said...

That made me laugh, Nina. =)

And the answer to your question is correct-- at least since we've been here, I think the earliest it snowed was December 1, the first full winter we were here.