Marrero, Louisiana — This morning I awoke to an amazing sight. It is snowing in New Orleans, Louisiana! What a wonderful surprise! This is just an amazing and extremely rare occurrence. As a Louisiana native, I can remember only one other time that we experience any type of snowfall. On Christmas Day 2004 we got to see a little snow and before then the last snowfall was in 1989. I felt like a little kid again, and I wasn’t alone. Neighbors all around could be seen stumbling out of their houses to take a look at this unbelievable sight. A snowy holiday season is definitely a rare occasion and one to always remember around New Orleans!
Seeing snow this morning was especially amazing since my three-year-old daughter had never seen snow in her life. I ran into her room and woke her up. This is something that I would NEVER normally do seeing as those quiet moments in the morning are precious to me, but I just couldn’t help myself. She opened up those sleepy little eyes and I said, “It’s snowing, baby girl! Wake up!” The first words out of her mouth were, “Let’s go see, Mommy!” She was so excited. Of course I couldn’t turn her down. I bundled her up in a warm blanket and opened the door. She was amazed at the sight. She proceeded to tell me that Santa would really love the snow. “Can we save some for him, Mommy?” My heart was just filled with happiness at her innocence and wonder.
At first the snow wasn’t sticking to the ground. That didn’t last long however. Seeing it fall from the sky was wonderful, but watching the ground turn that beautiful white color made the experience that much better. As the ground became blanketed with snow the temptation to go play became too much. Taking that little peek from the doorway wasn’t going to be enough for my daughter or myself.
I searched for anything that my daughter could wear in the snow. After all, snow isn’t something we were prepared for this year. I managed to stack on the layers and we were ready for some fun. Of course my daughter did end up looking like Ralphie’s brother from “A Christmas Story.” Remember that famous scene where no matter what mom did those arms just wouldn’t go down? That was the image that popped into my head after bundling up my daughter. She didn’t mind though. She was so excited that I could hardly get her to stand still. We walked out into those beautifully snow flurries and did a little twirl. She stuck her hand out to catch a snowflake and was amazed when she saw all of those snow crystals stuck to Mommy’s hair. And of course any snow day wouldn’t be complete without a mini snowball fight. My little girl had an absolute blast making miniature snowballs and throwing them at anyone who came close. This may be the one and only time she experiences snow during her childhood. I can honestly say that there has been nothing better this holiday season than seeing the joy those few moments in the snow brought to my daughter.
Driving around we were able to see plenty of other fascinated New Orleanians. The school yards were full of children playing in the snow instead of sitting in their classrooms. What a sight it was to see. Business owners were watching from doorways and windows, and news crews could be seen documenting this historic weather event. The big news in this town today is snow! In other parts of the country a day like today might not seem important, but to locals like me we are awed at our little winter wonderland wakeup call. What a wonderful way to ring in the holiday season.
I hope that everyone has a great holiday this year. Merry Christmas and a happy New Years to all!