But, I haven't seen much sledding.
When I was young, sledding was a popular past-time for all the kids in our neighborhood. It was also a popular past-time for my kids when they were growing up.
You know the routine - begging to go outside and putting on layers and layers of warm clothes and boots to keep you warm.
Once kids were outside, they did not want to come back inside. But when they did . . .
You know the routine - standing on the porch brushing off the snow with a broom, coming in and peeling off layer upon layer of warms clothes, boots, gloves and scarves and piling them up on the floor, running to the closest warm air supply in the house and then going to the kitchen to drink hot chocolate.
Those were the good old days when kids were not inside attached to electronic devises playing games.
I wish I had pictures to post of when we played outside in the snow. We sledded on the common wooden sleds, large pieces of cardboard and even hoods from old cars. The latter was suitable for many kids to ride at the same time - the older ones sat on the outside edge so they could guide with their legs and feet if need be.
We built bonfires out of anything burnable to keep us warm.
We rode down hillsides (which there are plenty of in West Virginia). All the neighborhood kids gathered at the best places for riding. We had a person on watch at the bottom of a hill where we met up with the road. If the coast was clear, we continued on to the road to see how far the sled would glide before coming to a stop. The only problem was, the longer the ride, the longer the walk back to begin again.
Our kids made igloos and snowmen. When they were little, they even slid down small mounds of snow in our yard, sitting in their small plastic bathtub they bathed in as a baby. They also slid on inner-tubes - large and small. They flew down the steep hills, hitting bumps and soaring through the air.
1983 - two oldest sons sledding in their baby bathtub down a small man-made hill in the front yard.
My dad watching on.
I can still hear their shrieks of laughter and see their red cheeks.
Do you have any snow remembrances to share?
Posted by Janet Smart on Writing in the Blackberry Patch.