The first blast of frigid cold hit my face just days after Thanksgiving and my initial thoughts were, “I’m not ready. Do I really love the cold of winter, like I have professed since building snowmen as a child?” My next thoughts immediately went to my snowshoes, cross-country skis and downhill skis waiting to play in the winter wonderland now upon us. “That’s right, I’m not ready because I haven’t pulled out the proper base layers, wool scarves and my favorite super mitten/glove combo.”
Let me tell you—I quickly found all the hats, coats, layers and gloves tucked in the closet and revisited the day. Ah . . . now I can handle the 14 degrees and snow falling. I felt the brisk air on my cheeks and I felt invigorated.
Winter’s good for business. Our local economy depends on winter weather, so thinking more clearly now, I am more than happy to don my layers and enjoy the snow, and even bitter cold days. In fact, when we don’t get natural snow, I love the sound of snow making on the mountains—it rings commerce and happy visitors.
Speaking of, I love when I hear their exchange in the line at the grocery, “Mom, we get to see snow for the first time—can we go sledding?” It made me think about my favorite snow memories. I have memories of asking my mom, “Can I have one more carrot for my snowman’s nose?” when the previous ones got lost in the snow drift. I remember sledding down what now seems to be treacherous hillsides in my childhood hometown of Casper, Wyoming. Now, I can use my skills to show my two granddaughters how to roll the perfect base for a snowman, making sure the foundation is ample to hold the next section of Frosty’s anatomy. We’re hopeful that predictions from the Farmer’s Almanac and the iconic Woolly Worm are true—that we’re in store for a cold and snowy season.
Keith Martin, our Cultural Arts Editor and ASU’s driving force in live theatre shared his favorite memory: “Snow Cream,” Martin recalled with excitement. “As a child, I was always struck by the paradox of warming up by the fireplace after a vigorous sledding adventure and the inevitable snowball fight, while eating a fresh batch of homemade snow cream. Such wonderful memories.”
We hope this season provides many happy memories for all of you too, and that you enjoy our winter edition of Carolina Mountain Life. There’s lots to read, see, and learn inside, each page designed to make this winter your best ever.
So, let’s get in tune with winter and break out the insulating layers, the gloves, and hot cocoa, and rekindle the joy we felt in our childhood.
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