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Denver’s First Snowfall Brings Varied Reactions (What Was Yours?)

On November 11, my family awoke to a momentous occasion: the first snowfall of the season. Both of my children squealed with glee and danced around in celebration.

And then tried to use the snow to their advantage.

Six-year-old Haddie begged me to drive her to school. I told her she’d be standing at the bus stop in far worse conditions than that this winter.

Tough-love is my version of a pep talk.

Bode tried to declare it a “Snow Day” and stay home from preschool because that .000005-inch of snow will wreak havoc every time.

Well, maybe if you’re woosies and live in Texas where the entire state is halted at the sign of a snowflake.

I should know. We got stuck in Dallas on our way back from our Costa Rica honeymoon for that very reason.

Being raised in Canada, I love love love love the snow. I hate hate hate the heat. So even though my husband Jamie and I were sailing on the Norwegian Epic the next day, the timing could not have been worse because I was finally getting weather I love in Denver.

But I was willing to make the sacrifice and go anyway.

The third member of our family, Remy a.k.a. “Fat Kitty” had a rather extreme reaction. The bane to his existence is playing in the backyard with the kids. All day long, he “Meows” incessantly until one of us relents and goes outside with him.

Once granted his freedom, Fat Kitty follows the same pattern: He walks through the sliding door, does a big, long stretch and then sharpens his claws on the outdoor mat.

I don’t have the heart to tell him he’s been declawed.

He then roams around the yard in his own private utopia eating grass, lazing out in the sunlight or hiding in the shade. One time, Fat Kitty shocked us all and caught a mouse in the pumpkin patch.

It was a true revelation that he was, indeed a real cat and not just a big, lazy ball of fur.

On our snow day, I tried to lure him outside but our fair-weather cat was having nothin’ to do with it.

He reminded me of my snow-despising mother.

The woman who has lived in the Great, White North her entire life.

What is your reaction to the snow and winter? Love it or hate it?

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

11 Comments

  1. You are a good woman. It really would be cruel to tell Fat Kitty that he is declawed.

    I live in Georgia. It makes me miss my homeland of Virginia. No snow…so sad.

  2. I think we should’ve switched places this week, Amber – spent the weekend in Winter Park where it was dumping! Had snowball fights, built snowmen, made snow angels & Reagan practiced on her new skiis. As much fun as it was, I’m a warm weather person learning to love winter, but would move back to AZ in a heartbeat!

  3. Normally, I embrace Winter. I don’t LOVE the cold and tons of snow, but I appreciate the change in season. Colorado really has a wimpy winter compared to the midwest, so it’s not like me to complain.

    This time, however, since returning from Hawaii (where it was a perfect paradise…perfect temperature, perfect humidity, perfection…), I was not pleased to see the snow. I’d prefer my white stuff on the ground in beach form, thankyouverymuch.

    My daughter, on the other mittened hand, was SO excited about it, that it was hard to be grumpy for long.

  4. LOL–my reaction to the first snow is a lot different than the last snow in April. 🙂

  5. From your pictures, you guys got much more snow that we did down South. I laughed at your posting about the first snow. I thought you were being facetious; now I understand.

  6. If the snow gets deeper , Haddie just needs higher snow boots…

  7. I used to hate the snow….when I had a 20 mile commute to my job.

    Now that I’m a SAHM…I love it! I like cold weather because I love sweaters!

  8. Poor Fat Kitty. We re-catted a few months ago and don’t know how the new fellow will react to snow, but the last cat was definitely of Fat Kitty’s persuasion. I really like the snow when we occasionally get a little down South. Shoot fire, I could sit by the fire and look out the window at the white stuff for hours.

  9. Your cat is very adorable! Well here, snow is my favorite season I mean winter. For me it’s much better that heat.

  10. OMG!! I am so not ready for this!

  11. This year I loved it because it fell on Veterans Day and I was off but this morning (15 Nov) driving to work in it was a nightmare. People tend to drive either too slow or too fast. Love how it looks though.

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