A post about snow, but really about vanity

by Ray Chen in


We got some snow last week and had a chance to play in it. It's not the first snow of the season, which is probably a good thing. The first time it snowed, we had a really hard time getting Noah to put on his snow pants and mitts. I think he learned his lesson after the first time it snowed because when he saw the snow this time, he exclaimed, "SNOWING!" then ran to the closet and said, "SNOW PANTS!"

He was so excited to go outside, but the temperature outside was around 13F, so we had to wait until closer to lunch time when it was around 23F. When we finally could go out and play, I had these grand visions of putting Noah on his new sled and sliding him down the snow banks from the parking lot.

As is usually the case, reality didn't match my imagination. In fact, most of our conversation went something like:

Noah: Carry! Carry! Carry!
Me: No, Noah. You have to walk. Doesn't the snow look fun?
Noah: Carry!
Me: Noah, do want to touch the snow?
Noah: CARRY!
Me: Noah, I'm not going to carry you. Do you want to inside?
Noah: AHHHHHH!

I eventually got him to play in the snow by letting him throw snowballs at me, but my ultimate goal was still to get him on the sled. I tried all sorts of tricks like going on it myself, using it as a shovel, piling snow on top of it. Nothing worked. I gave up and we went in for lunch.

In the afternoon we went out again, but this time with Yilin. We tried showing him how fun the sled can be by pulling one another, but he didn't like it. We tried just plopping him on the sled, but he'd thrash himself around. Finally, mostly as a joke, I said to Noah, "Hey, do you know what would be really fun? If we made a video of you on the sled so you could watch it."

Without even thinking about it, he said, "Yeah!" and moved towards the sled. I actually had to stop him so that I could take my phone out and record him. The video is the first time he got on the sled. I can't believe it actually worked.

You'll also notice that we're pretending to swim. That was another tactic we tried to get him on the sled. We made believe that all of the snow was a giant pool. Pretending that something is a pool is one of the ways I try to tire him out.