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Carol Perkins: Loves snow days, sledding, Buddy Brown's calls

I get as excited as I once did as a child when snow is forecasted. Even though I have been out of the classroom since 2006, I am still on the one-call system from the school just so I can hear the clever delivery from Buddy Brown.
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By Carol Perkins

"Whee!" we would yell as we slid down one of the many hills behind my house when I was a child.

"Hold on," I told my younger brother, not wanting to dump him in the fresh snow.

We had one sled, so either we rode together or took turns.
I never rode behind him because his ride took too many risks. He would cut among the trees while I followed the clearest path. Many times the tree got him first and I was left to run to his rescue. "I told you not to do that," was the extent of my scolding. After all, I was four years older and he should have listened to me! He never did.

Snow was usually very deep during my youth and sleigh riding an expected activity. Kids all over the county were bringing out their sleds, hoods of cars, or whatever they had that would slide across the snow. Adults rode with their children many times and no one wore a helmet. The greatest danger was hitting a tree or sliding under a slow moving car when the hill and the highway met.

I get as excited as I once did as a child when snow is forecasted. Even though I have been out of the classroom since 2006, I am still on the one-call system from the school just so I can hear the clever delivery from Buddy Brown. I was removed from the list after I quit teaching but asked Buddy to put me back on.

"I love your rhymes!" When the phone rang at 5 AM on Wednesday morning, I didn't have to fear someone was hurt or injured. I knew it was a message from Buddy!

Enjoying snow days does make me feel a little guilty. Not everyone is retired and can stay at home. Nurses, doctors, road workers, bankers, factory workers, and most of the others who keep our world moving along have to face the hazards of getting to work. Their families go through the worry of their getting to and from their jobs. With that said, I have to admit I find snowfalls peaceful and a good excuse to do nothing!

"Don't try to get the car out if it snows," Guy said as he left Tuesday for a two- day trip.

"Where would I want to go?"

"It is hard for you to be stranded." Maybe it once was difficult for me, but being stranded has gradually become appealing. Looking out my window and watching bluebirds and redbirds against the white snow brings a smile and sadly, I don't think I ever noticed a bird when I was working.

When dark falls on the snow and it begins to freeze and roads glaze over, I am relieved when I listen to the news and know there have been no accidents. I'm happy my friends and relatives are safe and worry when they are not. However, snow is a part of the theme we expect of winter and what a shame if we didn't have at least a little.

I'm not going to ride down a hill on a sled with my brother behind me anymore, but I am going to peep out the window occasionally, hoping to hear neighbor kids yelling, "WHEE!"



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