Snow fell last night. I awoke to a beautiful blanket of white…over a foot deep. Snow was banked high against the doors of the garages and the tarmac looked icy. Only one garage had been shoveled out – that of a young man about the age of my younger son. (Most of the people living here are retired.) I wondered what this young man does for a living that required his being out in this.
Of course, I remember the days of snow storms and severe thunderstorms of years past before I became a “retired” Registered Nurse. It didn’t matter what the weather was…I had to be there. I’ll never forget coming out of the hospital one January night after midnight. It was -18 degrees and snowing like crazy. A few of the nurses had automatic starters and stood at the window on our floor, pointed it in the direction of the parking lot and started their automobile. They came out to a nice warm vehicle. I didn’t have one! I just prayed my automobile would start…thankfully, it did. I’m glad that my little 154,000 mile Camry is now parked in “her” garage. Maybe not warm – but dry.
Snow always brings back memories. Sledding with the kids, building forts and snowmen, snow “cream” with vanilla and sugar (we didn’t know to worry back then and were always careful where we got the snow for it!). If I could get to my daughter’s house right now, I could be playing in the snow with my grandchildren as I did during a visit a couple of years ago. I’m sure there will be plenty of snow here in the Midwest and time for that over the next few months!
The featured photo above was taken on March 22, 1968. Sixteen inches of snow had fallen in a rare snow storm in Memphis, Tennessee! I wrote it about it in My Southern Heart…the Stories. I wrote My Southern Heart…the Stories for my children and last Christmas published it in book form for them and the rest of my family.