When Snow Was Fun

Dylan (left) charges forward, while Jon provides coverage

Dylan (left) charges forward, while Jon provides coverage

Sunday night, my husband and I toured the online blizzard of weather related warnings, watches and apocalyptic premonitions. After a few minutes he turned to me and asked, “Remember when snow was fun?”

Granted, we did receive a ton of snow. Much more than is normal for Upstate South Carolina and most of the warnings were very much warranted. But on Monday morning as I arrived on campus after a long and difficult drive, my shoulders relaxed and a single thought came forward – “Snow Day!”

I made my way from room to room reminding the boys to dress in layers, wear boots, hats and rain gear. In their minds, I knew, were visions of snow play, snowmen, snow angels and, best of all, a snow ball fight.

Middle schoolers so often sway between gleeful childhood and the beginnings of more solemn adult-like maturity. It is what makes them the most fun and interesting age group to work with. Often, our CCBS students arrive having forgotten…or somehow deficient in…the art of real childhood play. We provide dozens of opportunities for boys to be playful, learn new games, and remember old ones – in short, we provide a place where boys can be boys!

The Healer reminds us of the power of fun, play and joy! And there is nothing more joyful than a giant snowfall followed by a snowball fight…nothing…except maybe the hot chocolate afterward!


Cherokee Creek Boys School is a therapeutic boarding school for middle-school boys, ages 11-15, located in Upstate South Carolina.

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9 Responses to “When Snow Was Fun”

  1. Susan Pleasants says:

    You are so right Beth. I think that’s why I loved the pictures so much. They just looked like boys playing and having fun. I think that is extra special for CCBS parents.

  2. Beth Black says:

    Being raised in the northern states, I do remember when snow was fun. Thanks for the nostalgic reminder and the precious pictures you posted on the Bear Tracks Newsroom of the boys at play!

  3. Shelley Holtzman says:

    Wow, the snow looks great! The boys seem to be having a blast! Beth, thanks for the photos!

  4. ethan hale says:

    you need a pic of me then everyone will looking at the pictures.

  5. Janet Pines says:

    Beth, you don’t need an excuse — I think of you as an all-weather fun person. Although it does seem that you have a tendency to fun when you are wet! Miss you and hope all is well. Janet

  6. Jack says:

    Not Fair! I was there for 18 months and there was not a single snow flurry!

  7. Beth Venable says:

    Janet, I particularly enjoy dumping mothers out of canoes and into frigid rivers! 😉

  8. Beth Venable says:

    Too true, Ethan. From now on you will have to send me pictures to keep folks coming to the website! Plus, you know we love you and want to get frequent updates!

  9. Beth Venable says:

    It doesn’t seem fair, does it? And this was REAL snow. Keep your eye on the weather, Jack, and come up for the next one!