It snowed here yesterday. October is far too early for snow, in my opinion. If you ask me, the first – and last – snowfall should occur on December 24. It should hang around for Christmas, but then it needs to vamoose on December 26 so as not to interfere with my travel plans.
Clearly I live in the wrong state. Sadly, my dreams of wintering somewhere more tropical are not likely to come true any time soon.
This little burst of winter got me thinking, though, about winters past. I didn’t always hate the snow and the cold. When I was a kid, I used to relish them. I loved sledding and ice skating and building snow forts. I loved walking atop the frozen snow in my neighbors’ yards on my way to and from school, my stomach quivering as I wondered how long it would be before I plunged ankle-deep into a frosty hole.
I used to find the cold invigorating; now I just find it awful. I’m sure this is due in no small part to my inability to warm up once I get cold. If only I could plug myself in, the way my dad used to plug in our car…
When I was little, we had a big green Dodge boat. We didn’t have a garage, so my parents parked it on the street. When a passing tractor demolished it because the driver didn’t get far enough into the other lane, we replaced it with a silver Chrysler boat. I loved that car. My dad would park it in the yard on cold winter nights and plug it into the house so that it would start in the mornings. It’d be nice if I could do something similar. Maybe it would make getting out of bed on cold winter mornings more bearable.
The problem, of course, with my hatred of snow and cold is that my kids love it. They love sledding and making snow angels and building snowmen in our front yard. And while part of me longs to reclaim the joy those things once brought me, a much more vocal part of me wants nothing more than to curl up under my lovely warm down blanket with a cup of tea and a good book.
What about you – what are some of your favorite winter memories?
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