06 Feb 2011 Leave a Comment
Week 2: Winter
What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.
I spent most of my growing up years living in southwest Missouri where there was a lot of ice and snow each winter. I remember one Christmas Day when my mom had just finished cleaning up the kitchen after we ate Christmas lunch and the power went out. We had snow on the ground and then ice. Lots of ice. We were lucky to have a wood fire place in our living room and wood to burn because the power was out for days. I remember we even ended up cutting up and burning an old living room chair towards the end of that power outage.
We lived on 10 acres and behind and to the right of the house the land dipped down slightly and there was a huge low-lying area. When it would rain too much, it would flood. When it would snow too much, then melt, it would flood. When it would snow too much, melt, then freeze again, we could go ice skating.
Winter was always an adventure because we lived four miles out of town up a steep hill. School was closed a lot when the weather got too bad. The town just couldn’t get the roads clear enough for all the kids who lived outside of city limits. Snow days meant play days.