Plows and sand trucks were out in force across the mid-island Thursday after several more centimetres of snow fell there last night. In Parksville, it made for conditions that one mother decided were too great to just let go by.
Racing to enjoy a melting Parksville sledding hill, 10-year-old Caden Morrison was grateful on Thursday that his mother let him take the day off school for sledding.
"I really wanted to go sledding," he said smiling.
His mother, CarolAnn Cruikshank, knows how fleeting moments like these are.
"You only have so much time with them when they're this age," said Cruikshank.
Caden has two older brothers, Jacob, 23, and Josh,24. She remembers how the time went with them.
"You get a second chance to do it all over," said Cruikshank.
The mother and son woke to several centimetres of fresh snow, which blanketed the mid-Island on Thursday. However, the temperatures that were in forecast meant the snow would melt quickly. That was a reminder to the single mom that days like this don't last.
She and her son grabbed a crazy carpet and a saucer. They then tried to seize the day by spending it together, hanging on and enjoying the ride.
"Good job buddy," Cruickshank yelled from the bottom of the hill.
The snow melted further with each run they took, but both were having too much fun to care.