Remember Those Cold Winters?
Dorothy Graham Gast
I agree that winters are not as cold as they were in the 40s and 50s.
Do you remember ice spewed up out of the ground that crunched when you stepped on it? Or seeing the pompadours boys had combed with water become frosted before the bus arrived.
Walked a half-mile
When I was about twelve my brother and I walked a half-mile to a neighbor’s house to buy some milk, since our cow was dry.
The neighbor had a fishpond in her front yard with large goldfish showing through a sheet of ice. I tried kicking the ice to let the fish have air, lost my balance and fell into 18 inches of icy water.
Offered a towel and place in front of the fire
The neighbor was sympathetic enough to offer a towel and a place in front of the fire, but nobody offered to drive us the half-mile home. By the time we were home, my outer garments were stiff with ice and I was grateful for the steamy kitchen.
Our wood burning kitchen stove had a water tank with pipes going to the bathroom. That night a cloud of steam formed over the tub in the unheated bathroom and I soaked to my heart’s content.
I never again let concern for fish entice me to break in ice in Mrs. Patterson’s fishpond.
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