going…going…almost gone (the ice, I mean)
February 11, 2011 § 10 Comments
To my cousin Sam with whom I grew up and who lives now in Florida, I offer up these ice-y pictures.
Yes, there’s beauty in wicked frozen Winter, but truly, living with it for weeks at a time,we become inured to it after a certain amount of early mornings shoveling, chipping, scraping and sliding around, on foot and in the cars.
…and then you witness a downy little bird on the bench or the furniture that is otherwise ice-bearded and yet you marvel at even their claw feet that somehow seem immune to the cold.
The frozen little “fir” tree that stands sentry at the front porch was crispy and in the wind, rattled and threatened to smash into a million little fir pieces…but it didn’t.
And the cardinals have a way of making snow look fabulous, even romantic, with their red crests a sharp silhouette against the snow. and for a moment you recall the holidays but you’re on the other side of Xmas songs and snow, and you realize with relief that Spring is just around the corner.
From left to right: 1958…Me, my (big) brother Barry, and our cousins Sandy (Sam), Greg and David. Betsy, the 4th cousin, would come along soon! Oh, and note the long sled.
Yup, this is when we REALLY loved winter and got out in it every chance we could, bungling clothes notwithstanding.