Blog: The announced bad weather brings back memories (06/02/22)
Coming back to winter
When I was just a child
Winter for me was harsh
Almost never sweet
The snow has piled up around our old house
The wind beat the door
And inside around the wood stoves
Buckets of coal lined the floor
The walls were cold, the floors had cracks
And the blankets were too few
Not a winter passes without complaining
“I think I have the flu”
The windows were frosted
I used to scratch my name
Just to pass the time
It was a stupid game
We sat and waited
For the spring to begin
We were always happy
When the seed catalogs arrived
Sometimes I ventured
make snow angels
And I sled down the road
With my little sister in tow
Finally the crocuses raised their little heads
Groundhog checked its shadow
And I waited for Mother Nature
To paint our beautiful meadow
Now if I could go back to visit
Those winters I’ve known
I’ll take my hat and put on my coat
And run home too
This week we are expecting our first measurable snowfall of the season after rain and ice have covered the ground and surrounding area… Our son-in-law is coming to our house today to salt the driveway and sidewalks.
We all know that a fresh snowfall is a beautiful and pristine winter event. Children and adults love and enjoy many outdoor activities that a snowy playground can afford in a winter wonderland.
This type of weather reminds me of those hard knocks from my past. Everything else my poem covers like it was yesterday.
The springtime of my life was not all about hard work, sadness and dread during those freezing winter days. Snowmen, igloos, sledding and animal tracking were all on my bucket list. Snowball fights with anyone who wants to join in and ice cube knockdowns fit well around a mix of outdoor tasks.
We went to primary school in all weathers and knew little about the so-called snow days. I attended Alabama Street School for the first four years of my studies. Shanks ponies were my only means of transportation in all weather conditions, only missing school on sick days. I have to admit that I was a bit stunted due to a serious illness a few years before day one.
I was falling a lot on my way to and from school when the drifts were high on my street and other side streets. Hendrix Street was often icy and smooth as glass when the weather turned bad. Wrecks and spinning tires were common.
Elderly pedestrians were rare. Dog owners often let their pets run loose and packs of dogs frequented the road I followed to get from the woods behind our house.
Three bullies were lacing snowballs with pebbles and calling me and my friends names whose meanings I didn’t know at the time. I remember my father was not a good source of information….
I look back with a smile when I remember those harsh winter events.
Now the only path I’ll take if we’re snowed in is a path to the mailbox. I will eat, sleep and still be Mary when the storm finishes pouring out its wrath. I am mask ready to wake up and shine!
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