Wistful Winter Memories

Updated on February 25, 2018
Jackie Lynnley profile image

Jackie Lynnley shares emotional times in her life in hopes of touching someone with like thoughts or feelings, feelings from the heart.

Many of my winters when my children were growing up were spent up north. Snow and cold weather was inevitable. It came to be acceptable to me and the adventure of it, as much as I feared it and being snowed in.

I looked forward to it as much as I dreaded it! I couldn't help it.

Bitter Cold Snow and Ice

Source

"I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently?

―Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

The Weather Channel

I use to watch the weather channel all the time when my children were small and I lived in a cold climate. It stayed on almost continually as winter neared. When I visited my close friend, who was also my sister-in-law, we watched it together. Her husband, my youngest brother, along with my husband; always laughed and made fun if they came in and we were watching the weather channel. Again! We didn’t care, especially around this time of year. It was a must and the music was always great on there, with Christmas music by this time of year, anyway.

We would watch where the storm was coming from and which way it was heading and how fast it would be moving. All so exciting. Of course it almost always came from Canada. I think sometimes I guessed it better than the weather channel. I was becoming a pro at this!

Soft snow we did not have to worry so much about but the ones with ice and sleet, neither of us wanted out in that. Both our husbands were great drivers in the snow but that didn't make any difference, we still didn't want out in it unless it was an emergency, which it seldom was.

Sometimes (well, many times) this brother would be off hunting with my other brothers and I would stay with my sister-in-law through a winter storm. That was really fun. We would sit right in a window with some good old rock music, (if not the weather channel) talking our heads off about everything on our minds and watch the snow get higher and higher! No kids, no husbands, we were sixteen again!

Snow meant the holidays, warm houses and good food. (That girl made some mean home made pizza, too!)

Winter Wonderland

Source

Winter Snowstorms

It was really a thrilling expectation starting before Halloween sometimes. A winter storm could pop up at any time now. That meant a run to the store and stock up on groceries, even if you had enough to do you through the winter, you had to imagine you may be snowed in days and days and you wanted plenty to eat that was 'snowed in special'.

Being snowed in really was quite fun, for a couple of days, anyway. There would always have been a run on everything when you got to the stores. Was it only me who got the last loaf or two of bread?

The lines were long and cashiers and customers kept an eye to the outside snow. Poor cashiers, I always thought. They didn’t get to rush home. I knew one cashier whose husband was coming to pick her up and right in front of the store where she worked he was in a collision caused by the storm and killed.

That always bothered me so really bad. I just think how horrible it must have been since she was waiting for him so undoubtedly witnessed so much of this devastating accident.

'The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.

~ Storm Jameson

Dead Man's Curve.

Source

"There's just something beautiful about walking in snow that nobody else has walked on. It makes you believe you're special."

~ Carol Rifka Brunt

Winter Storm Warnings

How many times, I cannot guess, the snow would start as I was checking out. As fast as you want to go everything seems to just be in slow motion. The lines are so long you just can imagine what will happen if you don't get home right now! You are tempted to just walk out but no, you can't do that; be stuck at home without all the goodies? No! The car is completely covered as you throw the groceries in and would just make it home before the roads got treacherous?

The snow seemed to take on a personality competing with you, faster than the wipers, blurring your vision. That last mile could be real iffy; so exciting too. Like bungee jumping I would imagine; if one were that stupid.

Snow here in the appalachians was like hurricanes and earthquakes in other places. There was a price to pay for some very unlucky ones. Mountains and curves could be bad enough just in rain or an oil slick but once it was slick with snow I just wanted to be indoors!

Once I got caught on those bad roads before I got home from shopping and I am so thankful I paid attention to the men talking that were so good on these roads. I had made it almost halfway home and the roads were getting bad fast. Cars were all over the place but I knew we had a good snow car and tires so it was all up to me. There was no cell phone or help to get. It was get home or get stuck in a snow storm! I could not panic and hit the breaks. I had to get a good speed to make it up that last mountain and hold it.

My heart was in my throat and it amazed me that I did not go sliding off the highway or into a car already stuck. They were there scattered but thankfully not in the road! I kept my cool and made it home. I knew how lucky I was and never let that happen to me again!

Winter Memories

Have you ever been snowed in?

See results
Source

“Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.”

— Bernice Johnson Reagon (American Historian and Musician 1942)

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Source

Weather Outside is Frightful

My son and daughter might be at their grandma's or cousin’s or friend’s houses a couple of streets over and that was alright. If they were close I never worried. They would be home for supper. Soup was simmering and bread was baking, they would smell it. I had no trouble getting them home for meals.

I would gather up candles, flashlights, warm quilts and dig out the guy’s Long Johns and our warm pajamas, thick socks and fuzzy housecoats for us girls. All the time I have the weather channel on and stop and listen and see where the storm is worse now. How close is it? How bad will it get?

Looking out the window I could almost tell if it was going to be really deep by the speed and density. It was beautiful and so scary all at the same time. When I would look out and see all the limbs laden down in the nearby woods I knew it was going to be a doozy. I would hurry and pop a cake or pie in the oven for later. Might lose the power and it would be too late if I waited!

I had a red cone wood burner fireplace in the living room. We could watch the flickering flames and the snow fall all at the same time. I bought the jiffy popcorn to pop over the flames sometimes. Why was pretending to rough it so much fun? The threat of danger so exciting? I would stand and watch out the window at the snow falling heavier and heavier. School would be canceled the next day or two. We would all start thinking about Christmas. Life was really wonderful and these memories would always be so good no matter what else in life there was to face.

The kids would hit the door any minute, probably with a cousin behind, in a big burst of cold air, snow and laughter. Would that picture, that sound and those memories remain frozen in time forever? Or would they one day die with me?

I sure hoped not.

Father Christmas

Source

Merry Christmas!

Questions & Answers

    © 2017 Jackie Lynnley

    Comments

    Submit a Comment

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks Peg, I have lived down south now for many years but I wanna tell you I am freezing right now even with no snow! I guess I am just getting old!

      Stay warm in Texas and have a wonderful 2018!

    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      6 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Oh this was delightful. Bittersweet memories of the snow days and stocking up for the storm. Worries about driving and that poor cashier losing her husband right in front of her eyes. Oh dear. You've timed this one perfectly with all the bad weather happening up north now. I'm happy it only snows once in a while here in Texas but when it does...yikes.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      No Nora, even with an expert I do not like being on bad roads! Yes, I just loved her quote too. So true.

      Thank you for stopping by!

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      6 months ago from The Caribbean

      The snow is beautiful but driving on the ice can be nerve-wracking. It says something admirable about you that you focus on some good family memories and even reasons for gratitude. I like the Bernice Johnson Reagon's quote. Thanks!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Getting cold here Nell but we nearly burnt up night before last in the 60s way past dark. (That is our weird weather.) I am not that bad but several people were wearing shorts that day, including my son!

      Keeping an eye on your new engaged couple!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      It is Peggy, as I have said, the first snow is always like magic, isn't it? I had many winters in deep snows and as a kid too, but I did not like being cold though I have built my fair share of snowmen.

      I would have loved that lake and ice skating! I was never that lucky!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      6 months ago from England

      Merry Christmas Jackie! We do get snow, but not a lot. Like today, its raining but mild! lol!

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Merry Christmas Jackie!

      My growing up years as a child was in Wisconsin and there was plenty of snow in the winter. Occasionally we would be snowed in and have to miss school. Playing in the snow was so much fun. We had sleds and a toboggan and ice skates as well. My grandmother lived on a lake and that is where we would ice skate. The building of snow forts and having snowball fights was part of the fun.

      Driving in it was not particularly fun. For 4 years my husband and I lived in Wisconsin Rapids due to a promotion and then another transfer back to Houston for another job assignment. We were happy to come back! Only once did he lose control of a car due to icy roads. It ended up in a ditch not far from our home. Our neighbor was able to pull it out. Triple A which we had carried for years did not operate back then in that small town or area.

      Enjoyed reading about your memories. Snow is so beautiful especially when newly fallen.

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Thankfully the older I get Bill the easier that is to do. That is what it is all about.

    • lifegate profile image

      William Kovacic 

      6 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I don't pay much attention to global warming, but the climate has changed. We have a dusting of snow - shouldn't cause any travel concerns. Have a great day as we remember our Lord's birth!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks Bill. Are you proving climate change or not? I do think snow is magic but it can also be tragic and I have a son and grandson traveling up your way today and very concerned.

      Looks like many of you though will get a white Christmas after all!

    • lifegate profile image

      William Kovacic 

      6 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      The winters in Pennsylvania, Jackie. Not sure where you lived, but I look forward to the change of seasons, bnt the weather has changed over the years. We used to get our first snow in late October and snow would be on the ground until March. Here it is, Christmas and we've only had one snow that actually stayed on the ground for more than a day. Thanks for stirring some memories, and Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours!

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Who knows Dianna, I lived in Charleston, SC many years ago moving from the north and low and behold they had a snow storm. A rare treat for many. We built a snowman for our children and all the neighbor kids stole it.

      They were not quite so sad when we explained how many just took a snowball of our man to put in the freezer for a once in a lifetime memory!

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      6 months ago

      I remember those snowy days up north. We looked forward to no school but didn't realize back then how difficult it was for our parents to navigate in the snow. I would love to see snow here in Florida (not going to happen!).

    • Jackie Lynnley profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Lynnley 

      6 months ago from The Beautiful South

      The flurries will do me Linda! I just love those and they cause no problems.

      I rarely see snow where I live now but that first one is always exciting, isn't it?

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      6 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing your memories, Jackie. I think snow is beautiful, though I hate driving in it. I'd love to see snow every Christmas as long it caused no harm. A few days ago the weather forecast said that we were going to get snow on Christmas Day, but the forecast has changed.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)