Nov 27, 1996 – Oct 10, 2012
Amanda was born on November 27, 1996. On that particular year, Vancouver BC got dumped with SOOO much snow.
Amanda was also 10 days late in arriving so when the doctor said ‘GO FOR A WALK’, it was to be done carefully in the snow.
As Amanda grew up, snow captivated her. I am not sure if that was because on the West Coast of BC, we usually don’t get that much of it. Before every birthday, Amanda would watch the weather report to see what the weather was going to be like. There were a few birthdays up until her 15th that it did snow.
She clearly remembers when she was in middle school. There were about 8 girls here. It was her birthday. Then it snowed. Everyone wanted to go outside. But of course, not enough snow gear. Oh well, we have other warm clothes and a dryer for later. She had never seen so much innocent fun and laughter. They had so much fun. It was dark out but the snow brightened up the night. Needless to say, the snow was the hit of the party. As was the hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows.
Fast forward to Amanda at 15, Carol started calling her daughter "Princess Snowflake"
Just to tease her at first, and the Princess was because she was a typical teenage girl who wanted everything when she saw it advertised or in the store. Snowflake because she was born in a snowy winter.
And it’s IRONIC that on her last Christmas when we went out to buy our annual Christmas ornament together, she picked a purple snowflake. I remember her words as we hunted for the perfect ornament in the Christmas store. "I think we were in there for over an hour".
(Now, Christmas stores are close to impossible for me to enter without being emotional.)"
So why did the name stick? Here's a conversation between Carol and Amanda...
So from then on, She called her daughter Princess Snowflake. It was hard to ever imagine that the snowflake and what she called Amanada would spread around the world and be symbolic of so many things that would bring about a sense of strength, awareness and caring.