The Hillhouse

The Journey of a Mother and Son

Snowy Valentine’s February 14, 2014

Yes, today was another snow day here in the great Northeast (you won’t hear me arguing –  it’s always a treat to sleep in an extra hour). We are indeed beset with the stuff. I could hardly manage to shovel yet again, as I had to work to fling the snow high enough to get it out of the way. Worked up a healthy sweat, and felt good when I got back inside. It was nice to move my body a bit; Elihu and I had done hardly a thing all morning but sit on our butts, play video games and scoot around the internet following miscellaneous tangents and such. It was nice to have a day off, but after a while I felt it wise to use my day a bit more productively, so I washed the sheets (not something I do very often, I’ll admit, but later tonite we have guests arriving), vacuumed the place and did some other domestic chores. A satisfying mix of work and play.

Towards the end of the afternoon we migrated to the living room where we began to play a little music. Elihu had come up with a fun little funky, bluesy groove, and after that was played out we started a little old-fashioned jam. He gets the nuances of the different styles, and he has a great natural ability to cop a sound – but if left to his own he’d prefer simply to ‘oom-pah-pah’. The kid still loves polkas. Thought it might have been a phase, but it seems to be sticking around. That’s fine by me. You may not believe it, but there is some pretty amazing polka music out there – if you venture a bit beyond Myron Floren et al (and he’s fantastic, don’t get me wrong), there’s a whole world of charming and marvelous historic recordings to enjoy. I don’t care to be falsely modest here, I am proud of my kid’s ability to play, and happier still that it’s something we can do together.

My heart belongs to only one fellow – and how lucky I was to be able to spend the whole day with him. Tomorrow he goes to spend his winter break with his father. I’ll miss him, and I’ll remember this Valentine’s Day fondly.

IMG_0243A little music, some RC helicopter fun and tower-building. A perfect, easy-paced day.

 

5 Responses to “Snowy Valentine’s”

  1. Gene Burnett Says:

    Hey just play that polka music twice as fast and you have Zydeco!

  2. hobacaitbe Says:

    SNOW!!!! Three hours with the snow-blower to clear the driveway ( I have a long, wide and crooked driveway) and the walkways for the chickens and the puppy. Very heavy, wet snow but the hot chocolate with butterscotch schnapps after, helped the tired body.

    • wingmother Says:

      we too have a long driveway- and despite its having been plowed, our house guests had to walk in from the road late last night (1/8th of a mile or so) in wind-blown, knee-deep snow (with bags and a guitar,ouch) cuz their small car couldn’t make it in.

      Hmm, butterscotch schnapps and hot chocolate…?? Sounds strangely interesting… one needs a reward of some sort after shoveling for sure…

  3. nurseann44 Says:

    Awwwwwww we host jams at our house with friends so next one we host i will let you know when and bring your son we love the blues he would luv playing with nick ESP the guitar and mandolin


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