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Snow, Snow and More Snow!
by Patricia McGoldrick

The snowbanks were as high as telephone wires!

That is what I remember about that first winter after moving to East Garafraxa Township in Dufferin County, our new home.

Having heard some modern rural legends about the winter white, Dad’s brother, my uncle Vince, had questioned the wisdom of moving to a place known more for its volume of snowfall than anything else. However, move, we did!

Indeed, East Garafraxa was on the edge of the snowbelt. This had its advantages and disadvantages. Blizzards ensured that we would miss some days of school -– happy days to play in that snow!

Our road was always the last one to be plowed. In my diary, I wrote that on more than one occasion we were snowed-in for an entire week during one particularly harsh winter. Not to worry, with a family of 10, we were always guaranteed a foursome for euchre, Monopoly, or Rummoli. If you didn’t want to be part of a crowd, you could always have a try at chess or checkers. My personal favorite was to curl up with a good book in front of the woodburning stove in the kitchen.

Though we moved in the spring, it turned out that Uncle Vince was right — the snowbanks in April were as high as the telephone wires. The storms regularly blew with gale force towards the equipment shed, securing our tractors and ploughs until May, while also providing a hefty supply of snow for carving into blocks to make an igloo or fort.

Subsequently, we adapted to the new clime —  postponed longer drives to visit with cousins until the spring.

Then, with the freezer full and storage cellar shelves stocked, we hunkered down for the winter!

© 2016 Patricia McGoldrick

IMAGE: “The Magpie” by Claude Monet (1869).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Patricia McGoldrick is a Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, poet and writer, inspired by the everyday. She is a member of The Ontario Poetry Society and the League of Canadian Poets. Recent publications include the poems “Limerick on Laundry” and “haiku on home” in Verse Afire print issues; online titles are posted at commuterlit.com and in Red Wolf Journal you’ll find her poem “Urban Upcycling.” Visit her website or find her Twitter @pmgoldrick27.