You Never Know What You Might Be Missing

I really didn’t want to walk out the door this morning.  Not because I was snuggled in bed.  Not because it was too early.

I was nervous about driving in the snow.

A few days ago I had a wheel spinning incident.  It was nothing serious, but serious enough to make me second guess the ability of the mighty Prius to make it up the icy road in the dark.  At 6:30 am.

One good thing about having kids, though, is that they don’t let you off the hook.  We needed to get to ski training, and Cam didn’t want to be late.

How can you argue with a teenager who doesn’t want to be late to 7 am ski training?  Even when he knows it’s -4 degrees outside?

He was right.   That’s hard to say about your teen sometimes, but this time he was.

The Prius, in all its glory, delivered us up the hill on time.  And this is what awaited me:


Notice how there are no other people out there?  That’s because it was FREEZING!  And dark!  And early!

Just as I turned to go in, I saw this:


And this – one of those little dots at the bottom is my son, waiting for the chairlift:


And as I stood, mesmerized, the chill didn’t bother me anymore.  I couldn’t believe the beauty:


Slowly, the sun brushed the slopes with light.  We welcomed a new day together.


And once again, I was very glad I walked through the  door this morning.  You never know what you might be missing.

Like this:


He makes it all worthwhile.

Thanks, Cam.

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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    1. I feel so grateful that I can surround myself by natural beauty; it makes everything seem right in the world. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for taking the time to write a comment. ~Jennifer

  1. I’ve always had snow to drive in for every winter I’ve driven, and it still makes me nervous every time. Especially now that I’m not driving an SUV with 4WD anymore. Your drive was worth it, though. Beautiful shots and such a smart boy you’re raising! (Though I must say I’m happy my kids aren’t into early morning ski training… yet.)

    1. Doesn’t it? And without 4WD it’s worse…heading to ski races this weekend 3.5 hours away, and the forecast is calling for snow when I’ll be driving home…ugh. Thanks for stopping by!

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