One last snowman…

Most people will see this little snowman in front of our house this week and think nothing of it.

last snowman

In this post I share why, for me, this little snowman is a reminder that Will is growing up.


Will just turned thirteen and it feels like he’s maturing right before my eyes. He’s all done with many aspects of his childhood. The wrestling guys, monster trucks, and tornado videos are things he no longer wants in his room. It’s been hard to just box it all up and donate it. But, that’s what I’ve been doing.

Thirty minutes before Will made this snowman, I was teaching him how to snow-blow the driveway. He’s big enough to operate the Toro and he’s serious about the safety precautions. It’s been nice to get more grown-up help from him.  I think that’s why he caught me off guard when I saw him him building that snowman. I stood in the garage and watched him build his masterpiece. Sonny watched him, too. I found myself wondering, Is this his last snowman?

Just in case, I went to get my phone to take a picture of them together.

Will & Snowman

And before I could tell him how dang sweet it was to watch him build his snowman, he says,

Did you notice the snowman has a mohawk, Mom?  And, he smokes.

Still growing...

Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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  1. Dad on February 10, 2013 at 10:42 pm


    It is mutually wonderful and saddening to me to see you grow-up this fast.

    I remember when you were a 7 lb, 4 oz crying mess of a baby.

    I remember when we went to Vegas together to see those monster trucks.

    And now you will soon be a man. Where has the time gone?

    If you can…slow it down just a little bit, please.
    I’m not ready to get off this ride quite yet.

  2. Ruth Packard on February 11, 2013 at 12:41 am

    What a special post…and a comment from dad, too. Now you’re making me wipe tears!

    I understand. Our son turned 21 last August. I remember when he was learning about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in Kindergarten. And now he was voting in his first presidential election. We blink and they are grown!

    Just think ahead…you’ll be taking pictures of Will building a snowman again…with his children!!

  3. Sheila Skillingstead on February 11, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Don’t despair, I made snowmen all my life. A very nice post. Thanks for sharing a bit of your life and thoughts.

  4. Amy Putkonen on February 11, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I cried when I read this. Their childhood is so fleeting. My daughter is 11 and this morning she was cuddling with me on the sofa and I just thank God for each one of these mornings because I know that they will someday be gone. Thank you for sharing this bit of sweetness.

  5. 6ftmama on February 12, 2013 at 12:59 am

    Ruth, I can’t believe how fast they grow. You’re right it is a blink.
    Shiela, I know. We should never get too old to make snowmen! Or snowladies!
    Honey – Thanks for commenting. I’m so glad we are in this together.

  6. Michele Bergh on February 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    What a great story! I love his little plug for how modern and mature his snowman is 🙂

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