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Sunday, December 18, 2005

A Day in the Snow Drifts

“A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”~Carl Reiner

My brother and I recently went outside to play in the snow behind our house. That’s one of the nicer things about having a little brother, I suppose: it gives you an excuse to delve into your childhood joys, unfettered by constraints of what’s considered “age appropriate.” We had a grand old time gallivanting in the woods and hills, and even spent a half an hour or so sledding down the great mound of earth that slopes toward our frozen retention pond. It’s startling how quickly snow can convert a grassy knoll into a frictionless, screaming death-machine. After my brother landed from a more severe tumble off a jump he built for his sled, we decided to head in and warm up.

Carl Reiner is probably right. Most of the time snow is just an unnecessary freezing of water, but that day, I was happy to shiver in it.

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