Snow. It’s a hassle for adults (the shoveling, the sliding, the spinning out into ditches). But it’s nothing but joy for the youngins. These photos of kids reveling in a Maine winter remind us: Snow is in the eye of the beholder. We grownups once reveled in it, too. And maybe these kids can show us how to revel in it again.
I mean, look at this face!
Jayden Biewald, 6, gets a push from his sister Gabby, 12, up a mound of snow outside their home on Hill Street in Biddeford in Jan. 2012. Gregory Rec/Press Herald staff photographer
Noah Pinkham, 8, starts a run down a mound of snow piled up outside his neighbor’s house in Biddeford in Jan. 2012. Gregory Rec/Press Herald staff photographer
Dad, you’re the best:
Eric Michaud, of Portland, takes his excited 18 month old daughter, Maelle, on her first sledding ride of the season down a hill at Payson Park. John Ewing/Press Herald staff photographer
If that’s not a face of pure bliss, I don’t know what is.
Four-Year-Old Riley Jordan of Waterboro is all smiles as gets pushed across the ice in a crate by his uncle Justin Tash also of Waterboro in a cove on Little Ossipee Lake in Waterboro in Jan. 2012. Staff Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette
Tentative, yet still adorable:
Theo Maley, 3, tries out skating for the first time with his grandmother, Marcia Kimpton of Waldeboro, at Mill Creek Pond in South Portland on Jan. 11, 2013. Jill Brady/Press Herald staff photographer
Snow? Pffft. The mud’s good, too.
Andrew 3, left, and his brother Adrian Borrelli 4, of South Portland inspect the hole they dug while exploring the beach at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth last Feb. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herlad staff photographer
Noah Inti Zemans 8, of Cochabamba, Bolivia, South America slides down a hill at the Eastern Prom in Portland along with his father Adam Zemans last Jan. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herlad staff photographer
OK, this aren’t “kids” in the traditional sense. But come on, look at ’em!
Maisy, left, a 1 year-old terrier mix who is being fostered by Jody Fyles of South Portland, races around in the snow at Bug Light Park in South Portland with her new friend, Rocky, a 2 year-old Pappilon mix owned by Ron Page of Cape Elizabeth on Jan. 11, 2013. Jill Brady/Press Herald staff photographer
Dylan Houle 7, of South Portland sprints back to the top of the hill at South Portland High School for another run as his friend Eric Walker 7, and younger brother Jack Houle, 4, (in the background) back in 2008. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald staff photographer
Samantha Lockhart, 3, and her cousin, Meredith Smith, 5, both of Cumberland, share a slick ride on their snow tubes at Payson Park Sunday in this 2004 photo. Jill Brady/Press Herald staff photographer
Christine Hilton, 6, and her brother, Brendan, 12, both of Damariscotta, fly over a jump while sledding at Payson Park way back in 2005. Jill Brady/Press Herald staff photographer
Look at the rosy cheeks!
Courtney Cronin, 6, takes a slippery slide down an icy hill at the Wells National Estuarine Reserve. Courtney and her sister, Kailey, 5, discovered the hill during this 2004 weekend. Jill Brady/Press Herald staff photographer
Mom, you rock.
Jen Jacques of Portland slides down the hill at Eastern Prom with her children Aria Tapman, 7 months, and Asha Kirkland 8, in this photo from 2009. Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Press Herald staff photographer
Jay Kearney of Biddeford takes a ride with his son Maverick, 4, down the sledding track on Old Orchard Street during the 2nd annual Winter Carnival in Old Orchard Beach in 2010.Derek Davis/Press Herald staff photographer
Phoebe Webber, 8, of Westbrook sleds down Payson Hill at Payson Park in Portland in Dec. 2010. Tim Greenway/Press Herald staff photographer
Yep, that about sums it up:
Five-year-old Cortland Fischer of Arundel makes a snow angel at the bottom of a sledding hill in Kennebunk way back in 2002. Gregory Rec/Press Herald staff photographer