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Chuck Hinman: It's Snowing At Tallgrass. Chuck points out various reactions to a snowfall -- current concerns and past remembrances of snow forts, snowmen, schoolyard games, and winter underwear.
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By Chuck Hinman

It's Snowing At Tallgrass

Isn't it just be-Utiful? -- I heard a number of women residents squeal during lunch yesterday. Most quickly chimed in that the huge snowflakes were a sight to behold as they wandered aimlessly through the almost mild Oklahoma sky, seeming to be in no big rush to reach the ground. It didn't take long until you could tell that the snowfall was going to be more than just a smidgen!

Although it didn't make the Ski News on the weather channel, it was officially reported as a WHOPPIN' four tenths of an inch on Channel 6.

First reaction to snowfall?

So what was your first reaction? Was it just be-Utiful as most agreed at the crowded lunchtime express or something to be DEALT WITH in the hours to come?

For me, it was beautiful BUT it meant that I would have to put off getting a much needed haircut until driving wasn't as treacherous! Maybe tomorrow when it is just raining.

Driving and walking concerns

For Alyce, it signaled concern about driving conditions when she would get off work at 4 pm. Understandably for some, snow takes on a different meaning than for others watching it from their penthouse apartment at Tallgrass through tri-focals with their favorite drink in their hand.

For Ruth Gill, it caused concern whether she had brought the proper outerwear for her regular walk around the premises immediately after lunch -- or whether she should even risk walking in the snow.

Ice Foe and snow ice cream

For Eric, it caused a quick thought as to where he had put the Ice Foe from the last snow and ice of 2004.

For Vickie our attractive AD, a quick reference to her Favorite Snow Recipes Book to see how she might conduct a "Snow Ice-Cream Cook Off" for the highlight of the upcoming Birthday Social at 3 pm. CAUTION note to Vickie -- be sure to warn the contestants to bypass the yellowed snow -- we do have pets at Tallgrass. Yellow snow is pretty but it leaves an aftertaste that's hard to forget!

Building snow forts and making snowmen

And on and on through the residents of Tallgras. Some of the guys reminisced of the days when they used to build a snow fort and pelt each other with snowballs fortified with a built-in rock for added ZING. THAT HURTS! Of course you had on a ton of clothes.

And the gals thought longingly of the days when they got to dress and apply the makeup to the 'family of snowmen' built in the front yard.

These snow people sported coal chinks for buttons on their blazers, carrots and radishes used generously for eyes, noses, and mouths, etc., etc. What fun! And it didn't cost an arm and a leg.

Playing 'The Fox and The Geese'

My favorite snow remembrance was playing an endless game of 'The Fox and The Geese' on a grid laid out on the first snow of the year at New Hope country school in Nebraska. The first snow grid lasted through most of the winter months and just had to be retraced with each new snowfall. What fun and what rosy cheeks. And what about ice skating on farm ponds where the ice froze clear down to China on the other side of the globe.

Long winter underwear

And as a bad note, the first snow almost always signaled for Nebraska farm boys that Momma was going to insist that we don long winter underwear no matter what the other kids were or were not wearing. It made no difference! So 'shut up' and do what Momma says. Yes sir, Momma! Let it snow, let it snow, let is snow.

Written by Chuck Hinman. Taken from It's Just Me, 2005. [Slightly edited, mostly deleting exclamation points.]

This story was posted on 2014-01-26 02:55:37
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