We got a little bit of snow last night - maybe four inches or so. I took a few pictures. I think I put my camera on the wrong setting - no, I know I did - so this was the best picture, and it isn't very good. I still like it, though, because it is a tree, and, well, you all know how I feel about trees!! The snow didn't affect anything around town, really. We were expecting much more snow. A day or two ago, they thought we could have gotten up to two feet of the white stuff! It is really pretty. It is the really wet kind that sticks to everything.
I got to thinking about childhood memories involving snow. It was so different back then. Snow used to close our town down. I lived in northern Virginia and people used to get a bit excited about it. It snowed often enough, but back then they didn't do as much cleaning up after snow and just waited until the snow stopped and until, well, basically it was warm enough to melt. Too funny! So, we had a good time as children building snow-forts and igloos and snowmen. We stayed out all day in the stuff. We would get really cold and wet, but we didn't care. I lived in a neighborhood where there were a lot of children and we all played together. We became very creative at times. We would have big snow-ball fights. That was tons of fun! Our street was an incline and had a small curve so it was a lot of fun to sled and toboggan down. It became very icy and slippery as many of us would take turns going down. Even the adults would come out and have some fun sometimes! I remember one time a neighbor lady took her tiny tot (he couldn't have been more than 2 or so) and took him to the top of the street and put him on a sled and just let go!! Kind of like tossing a kid in a pool to see if he will swim or not!! Of course he could not steer and ended up right under a parked car on the side of the street! What WAS she thinking?? I was horrified!! You could really pick up speed going down our street when it was really icy! It is one of those memories that is seared into my brain! They didn't plow or sand it sometimes for days or even at all. Actually, the only time they did is when someone would call and request it. The person who usually requested it was a lady who had a hair-cutting business at the top of the street. She wanted her clients to be able to get to her home. We were so angry with her!! We were past angry!! We were livid!! How could she take away our fun!! She would call and have our nice icy track plowed and replaced with dirty sand!! Sometimes when we were feeling daring we would go to the top of the street with an arsenal of snowballs ready to pummel at the plow and sand truck. We would make him turn around we thought!! Did we ever make him turn around?? I don't remember? We had so much fun back then!
Now I am in Pennsylvania and I hardly ever see kids playing in the snow. It makes me sad. Snow almost never closes anything down. Cars still drive while the snow is falling and you constantly see plow trucks plowing and tossing sand out the back. It is such an efficient system. The last time I remember snow actually closing down this area was back in '95 or '96 when the snow was over my head. I remember walking down the street in a tunnel! I remember opening my front door and just seeing snow!! It was a bit scary!! The National Guard was out in the street going from door to door. That was a crazy year. I am sure a lot of you in the North East remember that.
Well, enough about snow. I am getting chilly talking about it. Now I leave you with a silly snow joke.... Good day all!! Stay warm!!