Vicariously Zany


It wasn’t until I read “A Snowy Day” to my primary students just a few years ago that I learned what a doubly-deprived childhood I had experienced– based, in fact, on what I hadn’t experienced.

…And not experienced–but not for a lack of annual snowy days growing up.


(1) Never heard of ’em.

(2) Never became one of ’em.

So now, on my A1 zany bucket list, virtually, vicariously fulfilled by the real life angel to whom I am most grateful:


angel vertical cb

Are there any leftover childhood wannado experiences on your bucket list?

24 responses to “Vicariously Zany

  1. Love the poem – and the idea of a bucket list of missed childhood experiences. Top of mine would be also snow related – because I’ve never even seen snow. I want to build a snowman, have a snowball fight and ride on a toboggan.

    • Our experiences are so varied, and yet, we have the same desire (need) to write and to be read by others who we can trust with our words and our dreams!…Wish I could ship you some snow; it really can be a lot of fun to do the things that are on your missed childhood experiences bucket list. …One way or another, I hope you will be gifted with some snow in which to romp!) God bless you. Thank you so very much for reading and–as always–for leaving an uplifting comment!

  2. Such a great concept! I never made many snow angels growing up either, since I was in Florida. But the Sunshine State had its charms, such as watching rockets lift off from the back yard! :0) Thanks for sharing.

    • Hmm…Sand angels? (Might be more painful to catch one of them.) I’ll bet watching rockets must have been breathtaking! …Every place has its gifts…sad when we don’t recognize or enjoy them…Really wish that in childhood I had made more snow angels than I could count. Bet it would have been liberating! God bless you, and thank you so much for taking time to read and to comment!

  3. What a great question! There were definitely toys I must have really coveted as a child–a sit ‘n spin, for example–because when I see them even now I am still desperate to play with them. : )

    • Thank you so much for taking time to read and to share your query answer. My former principal went to exercise class every Wed. morning, and would share with the students over morning announcements some thought she had while–ready?–spinning!!! I never asked her what “spinning classes” were like, but your comment made we wonder–do you think there’s an adult version of sit ‘n spin for exercising?…There’s hope your play-wish might be fulfilled! Go for it! …God bless you and thanks for sharing!

  4. So funny, my husband made a snow angel just last night. I should have taken a photo. I have made many a snow angel. The wildest ones were the ones where we could get out of the hot tub and do snow angels in our swim suits. That is COLD!!! We have the white stuff out there today so you have inspired me to make an angel.

    • Yes! I hope you’ve made a snow angel or two, and No! I can’t imagine willingly being that cold to do so. Ouch! Thank you so much for taking time to read and to share your experiences. (I’ll keep mine vicarious:) God bless you!

  5. cb, your snow angel is so beautifully designed that it looks like it will into the chilled morning bringing you a fresh supply of spirit-filled wishes. Love it!

    • πŸ™‚ Even without facial features, the angel surely does look superlatively happy, doesn’t “she” (I’m going out on a limb)? God bless you for reading and sharing your well wishes, as always you do! Thank you!

  6. A bucket list of zaniness is a fun idea πŸ™‚ I guess I am kind of doing that because my bucket list has ridiculous things like, “Never see Kim Kardashian naked.” (Are you allowed to have things you DON’T do on a bucket list? I guess I am making my own rules…)

    • Yes! Make up your own rules–isn’t that the number one rule of childhood? …Thank you so much for reading and reacting so positively! I appreciate your enthusiasm. God bless you!

  7. No snow angels this year – we haven’t had much snow!

    • Thank you so much for taking time to read and to respond!…As I read what you wrote, I’m hearing the makings of a poem! God bless you. Thanks again, so much!

  8. I jumped out of a jacuzzi to make an angel in the snow in my swimming togs when I was a teenager visiting Holland, Michigan on Christmas Eve. Maybe not the smartest thing I’ve done – but I’ve got the photo to prove it. #youwontbeseeingthat πŸ™‚

    • What a gutsy teen! And to think you’ve got the photo to prove it–even if I have to take your word for it! Thank you for taking time to read the post, and for providing a much-welcomed evening smile. God bless you!

  9. My bucket list of missed experiences in childhood would be topped by yearly family vacations.

    • Thank you for reading and for sharing your heartfelt response…I’m sorry for you, and for our children! …Our grown children say the very same thing. We thought we couldn’t afford vacations, so we didn’t take them, and now, in retrospect it seems that that lack of experience stands out for our children–more than we ever imagined. Fortunately–or not:)– our children are making up for lost time, with no lack of nuclear family vacations…Writing this response helps me understand why…As a child I had vacations, but they didn’t seem like any big deal, and I didn’t particularly enjoy them. As an only child I was perennially fixated on wishing to be “normal”–that is to have brothers and sisters to enjoy a vacation with (although my friends envied that I didn’t have siblings to ruin a vacation, either)…Funny, what we had; what we didn’t have–so many genuine and perceived abundances and deficits to reconcile and to compensate for. Hope you find a way to have a memorable family event or vacation–even if you or a character of yours creates one. God bless you! Thank you again for reading and for reminding us that in addition to the lighthearted take on childhood “deprivations,” that there are missed experiences that leave adults heavyhearted. God bless you! Thank you again for gifting us with your reflection.

  10. I never went to Disney, but now I’ve taken my kids. I think that’s off the bucket list. I made angels many times as a kid. I’ve even made them as an adult. I can attest that, as an adult, you feel pretty silly waving your arms and legs and it’s really hard to get up and away without ruining it. But it was just fun as a kid.

    • Angel-making. Good for you! I admire your adult spunk! …Since I never tried, I never considered the challenge of getting up and away without totally messing the angel. (I guess that’s why the photo shows a slightly messed up side.) …Glad you’ve taken Disney off your list…Hope you enjoy many other childhood delights with your kids! God bless you. Thank you very much for taking time to read and to share your experiences!

  11. Bucket list of deprived childhood experiences–now that’s a cool idea… for a poem, maybe? Love the humor and originality in this, CB!

    • Thank you so much for reading and affirming! …If you hear a poem in the deprived childhood bucket list–please! (It would be an honor)..please feel free to run with it! … btw, did I say that running faster than the boys and as fast as the wind was my favorite, most exhilarating, most freeing childhood experience? …God bless you! Thanks again; I am very gratified that you enjoyed the post!

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