The Best Grandfather Ever Builds Snow Throne For Granddaughter

While my friends and I were driving back from Shady Glenn, Manchester's famous 50s-style burger and ice-cream joint, we didn't think the day could get better. Then we saw this:

Luckily, it's creator was working on it as we stopped to get a better look. We stopped the car and I raced up to the man. He came out from behind the snow fortress/throne with a big smile--probably used to people stopping in front of his house to take a look at his creation.

His name is John Babew, a resident of Manchester. He told me the whole fort was built for his Granddaughter, Janiyah, who will be visiting him soon from Sarasota, FL and has never seen snow.

John Babew: Grandfather Extraordinaire

Babew said he gathered the snow from his yard, the roof of his house and from the snowbanks in nearby parking lots. It started out small in the center and grew from there. He said it was "really easy." Sure John, piece of cake. But really, I think if I tried to do the same thing it would be like:

For those of us who were born and raised in New England, it gets to the point where snow is nice a couple times of the year, but after that we're DONE. Time for Summer now, please.

For southern kids, it's a different story. 15 years ago, my cousins from Virginia visited my family in Rhode Island. Amanda, who was eight years old and had never seen snow, nearly had a conniption when she thought she did. She shot up from the table and ran out to the patio to take a closer look. She would have broken the door down had it not been left open. When she got outside, she stopped dead in her tracks and slumped to her knees. I can't describe the look of disappointment on her face when she discovered the patch of white was only a melted marshmallow. A melted marshmallow is pretty pathetic to look at, but when you go out expecting to find a magical patch of microscopic water crystals, it's simply abysmal. What was a marshmallow doing melting on the patio in the winter time you ask. Nothing, because this happened in July.

Amanda was so excited to see snow, her mind skipped over the fact that snow doesn't happen in 80 degree weather. In her mind it was a magical northern thing that just occurred. Considering that Amanda nearly seized when she thought she saw snow, can you imagine what 3-year-old Janiyah is going to do when she sees this:

If you walk around the back, there's a path to the top:

It's sturdy enough to support even the biggest, burliest, most masculine, able-bodied of men, which I tested for obvious reasons.

You'll notice a functioning slide to my right. There aren't any pictures because although Babew warned me the slide wasn't ready, I tried it anyway, slipped and awkwardly skidded my way down, acquiring a massive, not-so-manly wedgie, and no one needs to see that. Rest assured, the slide will work.

Within the giant chair, Babew carved out a smaller chair fit for a three-year-old, possibly making the first ever booster seat fashioned from snow.

For kicks, Babew fixed the inside of the snow castle with a light so Janiyah could play inside.

To recap what we're looking at: A snow castle that is also a thrown/booster seat hybrid that is also a giant igloo... with a slide. John Babew, you just won winter.

Empowering Young Women to be Smart, Strong, and Special - LiveGirl

** OGTV celebrates International Women's Day with a story about a great organization, LiveGirl. that is all about empowering young girls today to become the women leaders of tomorrow. **

According to research done by LiveGirl founder Sheri West, "Seven in ten girls do not believe that they are enough or don't measure up in some way." This troubling statistic was one of the factors that led her to found LiveGirl, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering middle school aged girls in Fairfield County through leadership development and mentoring. The organization provides year-round programs that help build up self-esteem through positivity and support, and paves the way for these girls to become the next generation of female leaders.

Keep reading... Show less

Cancer Survivor Gives Back With Her Inspiring Voice - Caly On The Good (E1)

"I was so insecure about my body. I was a skinny, scrawny girl with a bald head and dark bags under my eyes."

At 15, this was the hole that Caly Bevier found herself in. The Chemo treatments for her ovarian cancer took away her energy, mobility, and appetite. But despite the fear from a diagnosis that gave her only a 67% chance of survival, her fighting spirit propelled her forward. She faced down the weeks of Chemo until her cancer was in remission and vowed to get her life back.

Keep reading... Show less

Dentist Crowns Career With Love For Lifelong Talent

Dr. Stephen Lipman, head of a successful dental practice, has an alter ego. Steve Lipman, The Singin' Dentist, is the moniker of the accomplished jazz singer into whose shoes Dr. Lipman steps when he goes onstage to perform.

Keep reading... Show less

Young Girl Starts Charity to Help Kids By Coloring Outside the Lines

We'd like to introduce you to the cutest business girl, ever. Entrepreneur, designer and artist Bethany Sawyer started The Giving Goose when she was just 5 years old.

The Giving Goose is a clothing line whose products feature Bethany's artwork and allows children to color in and decorate their shirts. In recovery from atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT), Bethany wanted to do something for other kids with cancer.10% of all proceeds go to benefiting charities fulfilling Bethany's goal to showcase children's drawings while helping others.

Keep reading... Show less
www.youtube.com

Family Hardship Creates LOLA Granola

Like many Americans, Mary and Ernie Molina experienced a time of financial crisis with the down turn of the economy. They lost their family owned retail cell phone store and were forced to rely on the generosity of relatives to cover monthly expenses.

When the family could no longer afford toilet paper, the Molina's knew something had to be done. Finally, Ernie was offered a sales position selling coins for commission only. In an effort to save money, Mary started making her own granola bars for Ernie to take to work as a snack. Occasionally, Ernie would offer one of Mary's granola bars to his coworkers. When the requests from the office began increasing every week, Mary and Ernie knew they were on to something.

Keep reading... Show less

How To Hug A Soldier In 3 Steps - Better Your Day With Joe and Jesse

Everyone could use a few more smiles in their daily lives…and watching a funny video will often do the trick! OnlyGood TV videos help make your life fun, more manageable, happy and stress free!

Would you like to make a soldier smile? In this episode of "Better Your Day", Joe and Jesse take you through the 3 easy steps to give the best hug. The annual Hug A GI Day is March 4th so make sure you try out these tips on your special soldier! Happy hugging!

Keep reading... Show less

Veterinarian is a Modern Day Dr. Dolittle - Dr. Amy Jo's Wild Life (Part 1)

This is the story of a modern day Dr. Doolittle with her own personal wildlife sanctuary, a local veterinarian who's life is dedicated to caring for unusual and extraordinary animals. These animals have become more than her patients or pets, they have become her family!

Keep reading... Show less

Caly Captivates The Crowd Singing At Midfield (Caly on the Good E5)

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to stand in front of thousands of people in a large stadium and sing our national anthem? Get ready because Caly Bevier is going to live out this fantasy right before your eyes!

On this episode of "Caly on the Good", the singer and ovarian cancer survivor shares her feelings about being asked to perform the National Anthem at LA's StubHub Center before the US Women's National Soccer team takes on the National Chilean Soccer team.

Keep reading... Show less

* PODCASTS *

* OGTV Top Videos *

Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter