Saturday, December 15, 2007

Aliens in the Snow

A happy life is simply the sum
of many small, happy moments.
-Penny Krugman

The overnight forecast called for 3 inches of snow, and the view outside my bedroom window this morning did not disappoint. I layered clothes underneath the roomiest wind suit I have and dashed outdoors. One of my roommates followed. "Let's make snow angels!" I yelled, running for the snow-strewn yard.

"Um... why don't you?" she said.

So I did. I fell - buttocks first - into a couple of inches of snow and positioned myself to begin angel-ing. Visions of perfectly-skirted, halo-crowned snow angels danced in my head as I began twitching and flapping about like a recovering addict. Ouch. Ouch! The sensation was similar to that of scraping my bare hands and body over cold, crushed glass. "Ooowwwww!" I howled. "Owwwwwwwwww!..."

My roommate nearly dropped her camera in the snow she was laughing so hard. "Oh. Ha. Stinkin'. Ha," I retorted, trying to get up carefully so I didn't disturb my Best Ever Angel in the History of Snow Angels. As I dusted snow off my backside, the roommate took a few more pictures. And as I turned to survey my halo-crowned angel, she said:

"It looks like an alien."

It was the grass, I told her. I'll make one on the sidewalk and it'll be beautiful. You'll see....

...

"Nope," she said. "Still looks like an alien."

A bell bottom-wearing, small-headed alien, who was booted off the snow UFO and landed, buttocks first, in our backyard.

Oh how we laughed. I laughed until it hurt. I laughed until it was either laugh or drink my Peppermint Christmas coffee, and then I had to quit laughing to gulp my coffee. Which made me laugh even harder.

It's true. It's so totally, completely, assuredly, 100%-edly, guaranteed true: a happy life is the sum of many happy moments, lumped together and added up to equal a life that is, day by day, truly happy. I like that. That I can do....

...Even if I do make aliens in the snow.

11 comments:

betty r said...

Snow angels...I haven't made one in years, I must make one sometime this winter! Alien?..I think you waved your hands too high Brin...lol
Laughter is oh so good for the soul and shared with a friend makes it doubly good.
A start to a great weekend!

Suz said...

I am enjoying your blog and your quotes and photos. Peace!

a*LiTtLe*MuCH said...

i love your beautiful quotes! i love reading your blog! i wish you a warm, wonderful holiday, karri

Suzy said...

I just love to make snow angels and I don't think it looked like an alien, but the most important is to have fun.

Regards, Suzy

Becky K. said...

Loved this post!!!!!!
Becky K.

grace said...

The angel looks beautiful to me! Best I've ever seen....

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

It's the queen of snow angels!! lol That peppermint coffee sounds good! So glad your making the best of it, just seems like what you'd do!

redeemed diva said...

I love making snow angels too. Something about the first snow of winter mixed with Christmas that makes me jump in the snow ans act like a kid. Glad to see you haven't lost your sense of wonder!

Jenny said...

Brin, I love this post! Sounds so much like my best friend and myself doing something silly. Keep up the awesome posts!

Anonymous said...

We'd love to see real snow here in the tropics! I made the crockpot candy this weekend. It's m-m good! I am sharing the recipe around and giving out a wonderful gift to lots of friends. Thanks for the recipe. Love, Auntie M

jimr75 said...

You know, it's just not Christmas to me until I've had peppermint mocha and blown an hour looking at Christmas lights.