As I was driving home from school this afternoon in the heavy, thick snow, I was reminded of the best snowball fight ever, and it didn't happen when I was a kid.
In the mid-90's, I was teaching and coaching girls' basketball at Lourdes Central Catholic High School in my hometown of Nebraska City. The girls' and boys' teams usually traveled together on one bus, and it was always a long afternoon and evening of games, four to be exact.
On this particular occasion, our road trip got us home around 10:30 at night and we experienced a snowstorm all the way home. By the time we arrived back at our school, there were a few inches of snow already on the ground.
It was the best kind of snow. You know the type I'm talking about. Perfect snowball weather.
As the kids dispersed to their cars across the street from the school, we coaches talked about how it was perfect snowball weather. In fact, we halfway thought about a sneak attack on our players but then thought better of it. Four coaches against 35-40 student-athletes was asking for trouble.
Well, as it turned out, we weren't the only ones considering a snowball fight. It was as if our players had the same thought, because suddenly they came back across the street. We knew it was game on.
I have no idea who threw the first one, player or coach. All I remember is that it was everyone for himself/herself. It wasn't players against coaches. You just wanted to throw as many snowballs at whoever you could. We laughed, screamed, and thew for 10-15 minutes. Finally, the coaches escaped to the inside of the school, the excitement died down, and the kids headed home.
It's funny how memories are. That happened 20 or so years ago, and yet my perception of the event still brings a smile to my face as if it had just happened today. I'm sure the other coaches and former players would have a different take on how that night played out, but that's how I remember it.
The simplicity of snow and the best snowball fight ever.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.