And where did this all start? With the bread and milk.

That's what Abigail sends him out to find in the middle of a crowded grocery store on that storm-filled day. Peter doesn't comprehend the reasoning behind his errand, of course. His family has more than enough groceries to weather the snow outside. But he's lived in the country long enough to know that everyone goes to the store for bread and milk when a storm hits.

It takes Peter most of the day to realize the whys of that. It took me longer. But in the end, both of us turn out the better for it. People don't need bread and milk—the basics—just during a snowstorm. We find that out as well. People need them during a lifestorm, too.

That's what Snow Day is about: the fundamentals of our lives, that solid and unmovable foundation upon which all else is built. Peter finds his and doesn't merely survive, he flourishes. He leans on his family and his town and his God to weather his storm, just as I did to weather mine. And in the end we both have found that when the bad of this world strips us of what  means much, it allows us to experience what means more.

November 24, 2010

Bill Coffey's first novel, Snow Day, will be published by FaithWords in 2010. For more information on Coffey's novel or writings, visit his blog here.