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We All Need to Play

Our snow drifts on the lakefront have been calling my name — it  doesn’t matter how old you are, snow drifts need snow tunnels.

There’s a child inside all of us, right?

Phoenie, our grandson, hasn’t been able to come to our place yet (he’s coming soon!) but I just couldn’t wait any longer.  Every day, I look out the back window and sigh. I needed someone to help me dig snow tunnels… so I found two more-than-willing friends  . . . and dig we did.

. . . from both ends of the tunnel.

digging tunnels from both ends

A.J. finally broke through!

AJ just coming through the snow tunnel for the first time

Here he comes!

coming through!  AJ making his way through the tunnel
Sweet victory!

Then Vicky and I started digging down . . .

Vicky and Diane digging in the snow drifts

. . . but we got bored and decided that sitting in a snow tunnel hole was the perfect photo op!

Vicky and diane relaxing in the snow hole

After going through six pairs of mittens and an hour’s worth of hard digging, we decided that tunneling through these drifts was NOT a one-day job. We agreed to meet up again this Thursday. No giving up — just time for some homemade muffins and hot chocolate.

We even got some “official” tutoring in when A.J. drew out the plan for future digging.

tutoring AJ making a map of the snow tunnels

I say, “official” tutoring because I believe that every young person needs to experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever his/her age, ability or circumstances.

It’s so important to encourage children to play and explore. It was awesome to watch A.J. planning, digging and working hard. When his head finally broke through the snow drift, it was pure victory for him — such an accomplishment — and his whole being was smiling.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Thanks, A.J. and Vicky for playing with me. I had a great time!

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.             Albert Einstein



  1. Thanks Diane! Such a fun thing!
    You remind me of my Mom. She would get out there and surprise my kids and my niece and nephew by building a snowman before they got up!
    She also made snow houses, put on a roof, built chairs and a table, lined the floor with an old rug, and served hot chocolate and cookies in their snow house.
    As I’ve said many times, my Mom would have loved to have met you…

    • Diane (Author)

      Oh, how I would have loved to have met her, Kathy. Truly. We missed each other by about four months but we will meet one day.
      Love to you always, Diane

  2. love it!

    • Diane (Author)

      Me too! Such fun!

  3. Vicki and AJ loved the blog and so did Anthony and I! Thank you again for having them over!

    • Diane (Author)

      My pleasure! We’ll get together on Thursday too!

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