Laine Grace won the prose award in her entry class at the Cariboo Festival 2012 with this story Winter Wonderland.

Laine Grace won the prose award in her entry class at the Cariboo Festival 2012 with this story Winter Wonderland.

Winter Wonderland

I looked out my window. I only saw white? I jumped out of bed and shouted, Mom, Dad, Darien, the first snow; it finally happened.

I looked out my window. I only saw white? I jumped out of bed and shouted, Mom, Dad, Darien, the first snow; it finally happened. Now we can build our rink?”

“Great,” my mom groaned.

Darien yelled, “Yippee! Laine, go get your coat on, we can start to build up edges.”

My brother and I went outside and started packing up snow to be the edges.

Hatrick, our Old English Sheepdog was just as excited with the snow as we were.

We finished the edges, and went inside for nice, warm hot chocolate covered in whipping cream, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.

“Aaahhh, delicious,” I sighed with content, my mouth covered in a whipping cream mustache.

For the rest of our day we went cross-country skiing in our winter wonderland.

The next morning I woke up to the temperature being plus-five C.

I looked outside.

The edges we had built were gone, the snow one big puddle. I slowly got out of bed, deeply depressed and disappointed. I thought bitterly, “There goes our winter wonderland.”

It snowed a little bit more today, and I decided to walk the dog. I grabbed Hatrick’s leash and collar. As I was doing so I heard a quiet melody.

It was gone almost immediately after I heard it. I thought nothing of it. I walked Hatrick, but when I got back I heard the melody again. This time, however, it was a different type of melody, more rock and roll. This time I was intrigued. I looked everywhere, trying to find out where it could have come from, when it hit me.

Of course! It was coming from the gnome home, a little door on the entrance of the tree.

My parents had put it there just for decoration or a mere chuckle every now and then.

I knew there was no such thing as gnomes, but then what was in the tiny door? I had tried to turn the small knob before, just in case, but it had never opened.

I tried again.

This time the door swung open. Inside was a whole new world, a people sized world, nevertheless.

There were people everywhere. A lake was covered in people having a scrimmage, a lodge full of people coming in and out with hot chocolate and marshmallows to roast by the fire, which momentarily was being swarmed by even more people.

I asked the nearest person: “Where am I? What is this place?”

“We are in Winter Wonderland, open only in winter to people that love winter!” he answered.

I shouted: “Awesome!”

I ran down to the rink, laced up my skates and began to play hockey.

It was wonderful!

It was an open lake with a big part of it shovelled off.

As it started to get dark, lights strung across over the lake lit up. The sight was astounding!

Not much later the zamboni drove out to flood the surface! The driver even let me drive the zamboni!

I finished skating, and then went to the fire to roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate.

I soon decided that since it was past sundown, I had better get home.

When I got home, no time had passed.

It was crazy. Our family decided to go cross-country skiing because the snow at Bull Mountain was still great.

As we were skiing, I decided that hockey in the gnome home was quite exhilarating, but my real winter wonderland was with my family.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A string made of deer hide was cut by Tl’etinqox elder Melanie Bobby (centre) to mark the grand opening of Chilcotin River Trading Wednesday, March 3. (Chilcotin River Trading Facebook photo)
New gas bar opens in the Chilcotin at Tl’etinqox

Chilcotin River Trading opens its doors

Cariboo Memorial Hospital emergency doctor Sarah Dressler comes off a night shift on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Our Hometown: The doctor is in the house

Cariboo Memorial Hospital emergency doctor Sarah Dressler was born and raised in Williams Lake

The Williams Lake Trail Riders Arena is slated to have a new roof installed this spring after funding from the province’s Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Trail Riders Arena, stable stalls, to get new roof at Stampede Grounds

Some of the stalls currently aren’t able to be rented out due to leaks in the roof

A health worker holds a vial of AstraZeneca vaccine to be administered to members of the police at a COVID-19 vaccination center in Mainz, Germany, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Andreas Arnold/dpa via AP)
43 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health

368 cases in the region remain active

A sign is seen this past summer outside Yunesit’in Government office west of Williams Lake reminding visitors and members to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
Yunesit’in First Nation completes second round of vaccinations

A total of 26 people have since recovered from COVID-19 after having tested positive

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Some Canadians are finding butter harder than usual, resulting in an avalanche of social media controversy around #buttergate. (Brett Williams/The Observer)
#Buttergate: Concerns around hard butter hit small B.C. towns and beyond

Canadians find their butter was getting harder, blame palm oil in part one of this series

(Pxhere)
B.C. research reveals how pandemic has changed attitudes towards sex, health services

CDC survey shows that 35 per cent of people were worried about being judged

Jobs Minister Ravi Kahlon speaks in the B.C. legislature, describing work underway to make a small business and tourism aid package less restrictive, Dec. 10, 2020. (Hansard TV)
B.C. extends deadline for tourism, small business COVID-19 grants

Business owners expect months more of lost revenues

Anti-pipeline protests continue in Greater Vancouver, with the latest happening Thursday, March 4 at a Trans Mountain construction site in Burnaby. (Facebook/Laurel Dykstra)
A dozen faith-based protestors blockade Burnaby Trans Mountain site in prayer

The group arrived early Thursday, planning to ‘block any further work’

Mid day at the Vancouver Port Intersection blockade on March 3, organized by the Braided Warriors. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
Anti-pipeline blockade at Vancouver intersection broken up by police

Demonstraters were demanding the release of a fellow anti-TMX protester

(Government of B.C.)
Backcountry skiers are dwarfed by the mountains as they make their way along a mountain ridge near McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Avalanche Canada has issued a special warning to people who use the backcountry in the mountains of western Alberta and eastern British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Avalanche Canada special warning for mountains in western Alberta, eastern B.C.

Avalanche Canada also says everyone in a backcountry party needs essential rescue gear

Most Read