Our first real snowfall arrived a few days ago. It brought back memories of past snowfalls and things we did when we were kids.
You always hear about the big snows of the past.
The old folks would say:
"Why, this ain't nothing compared to the snow we had when we were kids."
"We used to walk two miles to school with snow up to our knees."
I could go on and on, but I won't.
I tend to agree with them. In our area we don't seem to get the big snows like we used to. I remember walking through the deep snow when I was a kid and I don't remember getting out of school that often because of snow. It takes only a few inches now for the schools to close down. I think the main reason for that is because we live in a rural county and there are so many back roads that don't get treated.
I remember in the late 1970s we had a really big snow. And, if you are old enough, people in our area will remember the "big one" that didn't arrive. It was in the late 1970s, I think, and I worked at the Capitol Building in Charleston for the State Purchasing Dept. A warning came for a huge snow headed our way. They let out the state workers to go home. I rode the bus at the time, but someone drove me home that day. Well, we did get snow, but it seemed like it only lasted for a very short time. No businesses needed to be closed, no one needed to be sent home early and for a long time people joked about the "big one" that never happened.
We have received some big snows, though, that my children can tell their grandchildren about some day.
Take this one, for example: I have this picture labeled 1993.
And this one in early 1994: They had a fun time building an igloo.
When I was a kid, we used to go out and make snow angels in the snow.
We rode our sleds until nightfall. We made bonfires to keep our hands and feet warm.
We rode on wooden sleds, cardboard boxes, and over turned car hoods. The only bad thing about sleigh riding was the walk back with your sleigh trailing behind you.
We made snowmen. We had snowball fights.
We stuck our tongue out for the snowflakes to land on.
And, of course, we stood impatiently as our mothers put layers and layers of sweaters, coats, gloves and boots on us. Later, we'd come back in with red noses and asking for hot cocoa.
Another thing I remember as a kid was making "snow cream." It was delicious! We went outside and scooped up fresh fallen snow and made ice cream with it.
I also have a recipe for "snowless" snow cream.
"SNOWLESS" SNOW CREAM
1 - 12oz can evaporated milk
20 oz of whole or 2% milk
1/2 cup of sugar (more or less to taste)
4 T vanilla (more or less to taste)
Combine the above ingredients and mix well with mixer.
Freeze in individual serving size containers until consistency of soft serve ice cream. If it freezes too hard, place in refrigerator until it thaws to desired consistency.
It's been a few years since we've made this, if I remember correctly, you have to mix it a long time with your mixer. But, it is good!
What are some of your snow memories?
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