We took my daughter, Zia, ice skating on Lake Champlain. It wasn't exactly in the snow, but we did trek through snow to get there. We brought a sled with us, and when she got tired, she would climb onto it.
Her grandfather, who was there with us, got the idea of skating around in a circle and swinging the sled — with her on it — around him. He spun her around and around. She got a real hoot out of that. It was wonderful to see her skating on such a great big lake, and watching her eyes open wide when she stared through the ice to see the plants and fish at the bottom.
We like to go to the golf course with our dog, William. He's a good runner; he jumps in and out of the snow like a dolphin does in the ocean. Trudging through the snow is tougher for a little kid, but my son Jack just loves getting bundled up and going out in his showshoes.
There's a little island of grass between our house and our neighbor's. Last winter, I was shoveling the driveway and began mounding snow over there, all around Jack. It was deliciously fun to watch his face while I buried him up to his waist in that pile of snow. He loved it!
Ethan has always loved the snow. He likes snowboarding, and the two of us have built snow forts and gone sledding.
I can picture this day when he was about 3 or 4 years old: Snow had piled up on our cars, and he came outside with me to be "Dad's little helper" getting the snow off his mom's car. He had on a little blue jacket and a red hat with a furry ball on top and strings down the sides.
He was holding a broom about three times as tall as he was. I was doing all the real work, but there he was, just so cute and determined, swiping away at the sides of the car. It was great. He thought he was a really big deal.
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