COLUMBIA — William Brady Deaton, 8, woke up at 6 a.m. Friday and was fully dressed for a snowball fight within minutes.
William, the grandson of MU Chancellor Brady Deaton, is in town for Christmas and had not seen snow this season. Until today.
He came for the holidays from Pennsylvania with his parents, Brady Deaton Jr. and Justine Richardson, and his 6-year-old sister, Anna Sophia. At their house, they have only had dustings of snow so far.
William finally stepped outside around 9:30 a.m. On the base of the MU Columns on Francis Quadrangle, he began scooping and shaping snowballs.
"I'm loading for the snowball fight!" he shouted to his mother, who was watching him from the sidewalk.
"Wow! Look at this snow!" she said. "The kids are convinced it snowed just for them."
William and his mom began arranging snowballs for a skirmish with Dad and Anna.
"You look ammo'd up," his father said walking up to the MU Columns with his daughter.
She climbed to the base of the MU Columns and began packing snowballs with her brother.
"You know, we've got years of snow fight experience," Deaton Jr. said. His children paid no attention, and the battle began.
"What's the worst they can do?" Richardson asked William as they set up a "full flank" of ammunition.
Snowballs began to fly, the adults picking up more speed than their children.
As William's stash ran out, the fight came to a close — but not before he crept up behind his father and smashed a snowball in his face.