I Waited A Year And Then It Happened!

by Sherry Riter in Weather

I consider myself a very patient person and others see me that way too. When I set a goal, working towards it methodically is actually quite satisfying. Each year I have a reoccurring goal. It is simple. My goal is snow. I want to see it, touch it, taste it, run through it and hear it under my boots. Many times I have traveled great distances to accomplish my goal.

While so many people walk around with barely clad bronzed bodies during the long summer months, I remain in the air condition hiding from the sun’s rays and dreaming of snow. I comfort myself that “It won’t be long before the cold breezes arrive,” but actually it seems to take forever.

I wait…patiently.

Over the past year, day after scorching day passed by and I still dreamed of snow. Well, now that it is actually winter, my hope for snow is ever present in my mind. Could it snow today?

Last week I caught a virus from Alyssa the 18-year-old-germ-factory. I fought it with mega vitamins and even went to bed earlier than usual, but it was to no avail. The virus kept running the usual course of viruses. Unfortunately, I also ended up with a sinus infection and bronchitis which landed me in the doctor’s office.

I didn’t tweet on Twitter.

I didn’t post on Facebook.

I didn’t blog.

I didn’t chat in my community.

I didn’t do any chores at home.

On Sunday night it started snowing and when I woke up on Monday, it was a wonderland of beautiful whiteness.

I was so sick that I didn’t even want to walk to the window to look at the scenery.

Most of the day was spent sleeping on the couch or laying there staring at the big blue sky while my body fought germs.

This could easily be the only snow we get this year.

I’ve waited ALL year for snow that I was now not going to be able to enjoy fully.

Drat it all!

I pulled my big coat over my pajamas, put on my big sunglasses to hide the puffy black circles under my eyes, slipped on my sneakers and grabbed my camera. With my scarf wrapped completely around my face, I walked outside and stepped in the snow.

It crunched.


The crunching snow was music to my ears.

I reached down and grabbed a hand full of the wet snow and scrunched it together.

A snowball! A real snowball!

It wasn’t a Twitter snowball! —–===O

I was holding a real snowball!

With a big smile under my scarf, I walked back inside, took off all the “gear” and plopped back down on the couch with my best friend…


Tuesday brought another day of solid sleeping and catering to my body. Thankfully, as Wednesday is rolling around, I’m happy to report that the virus seems to have run out of steam. The sinus infection is disappearing and the bronchitis still has me sounding like a man, but it is slowly getting better.

The big news, however, is that I patiently have waited a year and it finally happened – the goal was mostly reached. I didn’t run through it or taste it, but I saw snow, touched it, felt it, heard it crunch under my shoe and made a snowball!

Don’t laugh or I will throw a Twitter snowball at you!

You’re laughing! Here comes a snowball! —–===O


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 TJ February 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Oh this made mom so happy. I was so excited! Tom kept laughing at me. At 2 in the morning with the snow falling and 5 inches on the ground, out I went. Tom went with me so I would not fall and end up in that dang chair again. I could not run or do as usual but oh it was beyond beautiful!!!!!! Tom said I was a Loon to do this but he knew I was going when I came out dressed in sweats and my coat to my ankle.lol

love you my sweet daughter who helped me become the woman I am. Thank you Sherry, thank you for being my mom when My own was never there for me. You are the best mom I know.


2 KathyMorelli February 22, 2012 at 5:02 am

Love this story! AND is THAT a POODLE??? I have TWO miniature poodles – a black one and a cream one! The BEST doggies!


3 America's Next Top Mommy February 22, 2012 at 5:49 am

We've had just about zero snow up here in CT! I can't say that I'm entirely sad about it but there is just something about a snow day that just begs you to stay in bed and sleep. That I definitely miss!


4 The Redhead Riter February 22, 2012 at 6:24 am

Yeah Kathy. Bella is a toy poodle and very, very sweet :o)


5 ArtMuseDog and Carol February 22, 2012 at 7:35 am

Hey ~ I had the same virus same time ~ didn't get the snow gratefully! ~ Glad you did ~ you enjoy it. Awesome photos ~namaste, carol (A Creative Harbor)


6 Donna Foreverserenity February 22, 2012 at 8:03 am

I haven't seen snow in so long since leaving New York! I enjoyed reading this…glad u got to enjoy it!lol! (feel better soon)


7 Chelsea February 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

So happy you got your wish… I however wished the opposite… NO SNOW! We have had more snow in the past few days than we have had all winter.


8 Skip_D February 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I'm so glad that one of us got to enjoy snow, even if as briefly as you did. I enjoyed just playing with the "snowcam" you linked to! 🙂 Hope you get more snow, & we get a little – although right now it's a ridiculous 82° here!


9 Timothy Kendrick February 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm

So beautiful. I am so happy for you. Blessings to you always


10 Byn Always February 23, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Awwww… that really made me feel badly for you that you almost missed your first snow!!!

I personally think you're a little crazy to love the snow, as I really REALLY hate the cold, but I'm glad you got to enjoy it for at least a moment!


11 that's life! February 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I cannot imagine wishing for snow, but how awful for you that when you finally got your wish you were sick!

Still, you got to go out in it and I'm sooo glad you are feeling better!


12 Bev February 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm

—–===O Back at you. I am sooooo glad you got snow. Rest up, we have snow ball fights waiting on you!


13 katlupe February 24, 2012 at 11:16 am

Well we are having rain here in NY actually, instead of the snow. Must be our snow is going to VA instead. So I am glad you got my share, just hope Paula didn't get it instead, because she hates snow. I hope you get better soon.


14 Foy February 24, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Glad you got your dream! If you think it & speak it surely you will receive it! I like looking at snow rather than being out it; except playing with the kids making memories! What is exciting is seeing someone seeing and feeling snow for the first time. When I was in Iraq an Iraqi never seen snow and it snowed there for the first time in his life and he was 35 YOA. He was drawing a lot of attention to himself that night dancing and rejoicing trying to catch every snow flake he could touch. It is a wonder of this world some of us take for granted. Glad you love the snow & enjoy!


15 PJ March 2, 2012 at 10:04 am

Hey Sunshine! I'm glad you are feeling better! Sorry I pestered you with e-mails! LOL! I guess I'd better catch up on my reading, huh? I'm glad you got what you wished for. I have noticed a reocurrring pattern with the comments. Have you noticed that most with an exception or 2 have not missed having snow? We just had that tiny bit the day we came back from our cruise, thank goodness and it didn't stick.) Yea! Anyway, I'm happy your happy.

God bless,


16 Imelda March 25, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Yay! I am happy for you that you got your wish – only too bad you were not well enough to fully enjoy it. And I am glad you are better too.

Now, this reminded me of my children this winter – we did not have much snow this year in MA. When snow came one day, they were all so giddy excited and made as many snow balls and snow tracks as they could.


17 The Redhead Riter March 26, 2012 at 8:25 am


I’m just like your children! I get so excited! I’m excited even if it is just flurries and we don’t have enough to make a snowball!!! LOL


18 This Busy Life November 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

Glad to hear your mustered your strength and took a moment to enjoy the snow. Hopefully by now you are feeling much better.


19 Sherry Riter November 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

LOL Yes, that was 9 months ago and now we are getting closer to having cold, cold weather again. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t hardly wait! Of course, I’m praying for snow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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