Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Beautiful snow

It's a strikingly beautiful snowy evening here on the north shore of Long Island. I almost feel guilty saying that when I look at the pictures of the mid-south and mid-west that I see on http://www.nytimes.com/, http://www.dailyyonder.com/, and http://www.humanflowerproject.com/. Those photographs show paralyzing conditions. Here tonight we will have four inches of soft snow that will not imperil power or mobility. The driveway has been shoveled and it is just a photo-op world.

What's missing is the type of community gathering that accompanied snow during my youth in southern Virginia. We had snow there in the 50's, and it was meaningful snow several times a year. Hills would be blocked off by the city with wood barricades, and those old black lit oil pots would be set at the corners. The entire neighborhood would come out for the sledding. Snow then was a glorious time. For the kids all barriers were broken and flying down the hills was incomparable.

Tonight is a tease from those times. Just in from a walk, the beauty is manifest, the community is not in this suburbia. Central Park, however, must be a gas right now.


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