Monday, January 26, 2009

Manic Monday - Snow


I live in the Southern US. We don't see a lot of snow. When we do happen to get snow, it usually doesn't stick around long, and mostly ends up as ice on the roads wreaking havoc, causing wrecks, and closing schools. However, in the rare instances that we do see inches of snow rather than centimeters or just a dusting, most of the time it is welcomed.

I can remember as a child, we had a beautiful blanket of snow in our front yard. My mom was particular about letting us go out in it because she enjoyed looking at the snow and she knew once we were unleashed in the yard it would be a distant memory. Once we were bundled and allowed out, we had a fun time. My step-dad was quite the handy man and was always thinking of inventive ways for us to have fun. He got out in the yard with us and instructed us to push the snow into one big pile.

I can remember my mother being frustrated because as we began to work, ALL of the snow in the front yard was being pushed into a monstrous pile. It was a game for us. We had two by fours in our hands and we'd get on our knees and push until the snow reached it's destination with no clue as to it's purpose.

Finally, a shape was beginning to form. My father in law worked effortlessly on this project and our young minds raced as to what he was building for us. Finally, as the door was constructed and the hulling out process began, we realized that we were going to have an igloo in our front yard! We were so excited. I remember waiting and watching him dig out that snow with anticipation of "camping out" in the igloo.

My memory fails me as to how long it took. I'm sure as a child it took what seemed like days for him to complete the task, but I do remember that he made the door so that we slid in on our bellies to get inside. I also remember the warmth of the ice once inside. That has always amazed me how ice could be warm. We had so much fun with the Igloo. Mom was disappointed that her beautiful blanket of snow didn't stick around long, but we were stoked when that igloo was still standing days later when all of the other snow was gone. As the school bus picked us up and dropped us off each day that the igloo remained the other kids were in awe of such a spectacle. Imagine that, an igloo in Arkansas?!

16 comments, add yours here:

anthonynorth said...

What a great idea. Never thought of that when I was a kid. Fun!

Polly said...

haha. can you just imagine your parents letting you camp out in a igloo? lol
Sounds totally amazing! We only ever constructed a fort, so I'm sure it wasn't quite as warm as yours.
Happy Monday!

bv said...

I have often wondered if you really could make an igloo...now I know! How fun was that?! Happy MM!

Star8278 said...

We used to do that with the big piles at the end of the driveway from the snow plow. I can remember one year we had some method for making actual snow bricks.

Great memories!

Jamie said...

What a marvelous childhood memory. Magic does seem easier to create at that age.

Sandra Carvalho said...

Great post! LOL!
An igloo!LOL!
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Desert Songbird said...

Ha! Great memory!

Sassy Mama Bear said...

What an awesome memory. We built many forts here in WI but never an igloo.

PaulsHealthblog.com said...

Hey, my wife told me today we had a chance for snow here in central Arkansas!

But not quite enough to build an igloo.

Drats!

Jeanette said...

What a nice story. I bet you had a blast building the igloo.

Alice said...

This is a really great story, Tisha. You were lucky kids to have a 'dad' like that. The packed snow would stay a lot longer than the loose stuff, for sure. The ice and snow stays on my driveway longer than the rest of the snow too, as I don't shovel, just drive on it and pack it down, lol.

Travis said...

That's pretty neat.

Amazing Gracie said...

Memories like that are what you're making with your little ones right now! Every moment counts.
~~~Blessings~~~

Bubba's Sis said...

Now THAT'S awesome! I've never even seen enough snow to build an igloo! The best we could ever scrounge up was a small snowman, and it took all the snow in the yard!

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