I know snow can mean a lot of things to different people. Some people just don’t like the snow at all and some experience so much snow that it makes life miserable and even life threatening.
But my wife can’t get enough snow. To her it just doesn’t get any better than to have a few inches of snow on the ground and snow hanging from the trees like a winter wonderland.
One of our favorite things to do when we lived in the mountains of North Carolina and when we were blessed with a good snow, was to bundle up and go for long walks in the snow. And without fail our walking always included lots of pictures. Not so much of us, just mostly of the beautiful landscapes.
And to go along with her love for snow, my wife also loves to spend quality time with me. So if she can have time with me and it be in the snow, she is extremely happy. But I never really knew how much snow meant to her and to us until one Saturday a few years ago.
The snow where we lived had come and gone. And prior to this Saturday morning Janet had been letting me know that we needed to take some time off from our busyness and just do something for us. Her love language is quality time and though it took me learning this the hard way I try to make sure now that the two of us to do things together. So on this particular Saturday morning we did what has become our go to method of spending time together, we got in our car and we just drove with no plan for where we were going.
Within a short amount of driving down some back roads we often drove on, we spotted a beautiful scene. It was the higher mountains of the Blue Ridge Parkway and they were covered in snow. After stopping to take some pictures we decided to see how close we could get to where the snow was.
So we drove up through the Pisgah National Forest which was often a favorite playground for us and as we went higher and higher up the mountain Janet became more and more excited. And even as we had to deal with some slick places in the road it never seemed to bother her because she was too busy enjoying the winter beauty. Then before we knew it we were able to make it all the way to the top where the Blue Ridge Parkway runs.
When we pulled up on the parkway we found the Parkway was closed because of the road conditions. But we were able to park at the first look-out parking area along with several other cars of visitors who had had the same idea. From there we were able to go walking on the closed parkway, covered in snow, for as far as we cared to walk.
The scenery was incredible as you can imagine and we enjoyed every minute we spent up there. We walked a good distance on the parkway taking in the view of the valleys below and all the other mountains around us.
We stayed up there for a good while taking lots of pictures and then we drove back down through Pisgah Forest, making several stops to take more pictures on our way down.
That day has stuck with us now as one of our favorite memories together. It was perfect, it was spontaneous, it only cost us a few dollars in gas, and it was the kind of quality time together we needed to refill each others love tank. And now the memory of that day keeps us looking for the next snow and our next opportunity to do it again.
Because for us, S-N-O-W does spell love.
If you want to know more about love language and how quality time is one of the languages, check out Gary Chapman’s classic marriage book, The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts.
Is quality time one of your love languages? And if so, what is your favorite way of spending time with your spouse?