I spoke too soon.
Last week’s post claimed that there were no polar blasts shooting frigid temps our way like on the East Coast.
And then a winter storm warning rolled into town bringing up to six inches of snow in our front yard to-date with forecasts of sleet and possibly freezing rain.
I could do without the sleet and freezing rain but snow in Lake Oswego is unusual enough to cast a magical spell, made apparent by the glee of children sledding down neighborhood hills and building snowmen in their front yards.
While my kids are grown now and can usually be found basking in the California sun, snow days are some of their most treasured memories.
It was like bringing the winter wonderland to them instead of heading up to the mountain.
Hot chocolate, cuddling around the fireplace, movie marathons, playing outside with friends for hours, snowball fights…what was not to love?
Truth be told, however, as they got older, the thrill of playing in the white stuff was second to the thrill of school being closed. I remember when the “Arctic Blast” hit the Portland area in December of 2008 and school was cancelled for days. Every evening my wife would go to the computer to check for updates from the district. Night after night she’d announce, “No school tomorrow,” but somehow the news never got old.
That’s the way it is in Lake Oswego. The snow doesn’t come around often enough or usually stay around long enough to get old.
And that’s another reason to love Lake Oswego.
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