I want explain how I felt this weekend as it dumped around 30 inches of snow (the annual amount we normally get) within a 24 hour period. Let us look at the Wikipedia description of Cabin Fever. Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated or shut in a small space with nothing to do for an extended period. Cabin fever describes the extreme irritability and restlessness a person may feel in these situations. That was pretty much how I felt those four days in the house. Now, I know some of you understand what I’m saying while others will probably say “get the kids out of the house!” How about we just let me rant for a minute.
I want the kids out of the house. I want them to go play in the snow. They did get out of the house and they did play in the snow. However, we are dealing with a 5 year old, a 4 year old who has practically no body fat, and a two year old. The best I can hope for is 20 minutes from the two year old and maybe an hour from the other two older ones. They just get cold, wet, and tired after an extended period of time. The 4 year old is tiny for her age and there is basically nothing to that poor girl. Sometime last week before the storm, she ended up with mild frostbite on her hands. I have no idea how she ended up with frostbite, but her hands were all red for a few days and then they ended up dry and cracking. The poor girl got frostbite and I can’t even tell you when it happened. That’s my predicament here. They are just so small that they don’t have any longevity in the cold. If we go outside I need to make sure we bring our Tauntaun with us so I can cut it open with my lightsaber to keep them warm. This leads to lots of time inside the house because you can’t just be cutting up your make believe animals to keep your kids warm.
My house was absolutely destroyed during those four days we were bunkered down. I was never so happy to go outside and shovel thousands and thousands of pounds of snow for hours. My back hated me but my mind was happy. The kids were playing, then fighting, then maybe playing some more, then fighting some more. All of the toys that were ever purchased for them had to be strewn out on the house floor. I almost tripped and twisted my ankle anytime I wanted to get up and move around the house. The whole thing just became frustrating as we were cooped up with three little kids for an extended period of time.
We survived though. This is one of the reasons that I don’t like winter. I love taking my kids outside for adventures. I don’t like the fact that we have to spend 30 minutes getting everyone dressed before we go outside. I don’t like the fact that each kid has a limited amount of time they can spend outside before they expire. I hate to think what happens if the two-year-old has an accident inside her snowsuit. I’m hoping as they get older we can head out of the house and actually do something with this snow. I love being outside and outdoors with the kids, but right now we are stuck with cabin fever for a few more years.
Luckily I bought enough bread and milk to hold us through!