During the day, from the time I woke up until early in the evening, the snow just kept coming. Luckily, it was a major holiday and all I had to do was sit back and watch the snow blanket the Valley.
However, experiencing one of the first really snowy days in years makes me remember back to when snow like this came on cue every winter. Having four distinct seasons in the Valley was entirely normal when I was growing up. There were 100 degree summers and snow covered winters.
It seems like in recent years the amount of snow in the Valley has slowly been decreasing, however it could be that I've just gotten taller.
My husband and I have this discussion every time it snows, remembering back to the winters of our childhoods. I remember when the snow was regularly up past my knees and when making snowmen was a regular winter pastime. But now I have to think back, was the snow really that much deeper or was my knee a lot closer to the ground at the age of five than it is now that I'm just a little older than that.
It seems like when I was growing up the idea of a white Christmas was never too far off. I remember more than one Christmas when getting all of the family together was impossible because of bad weather. Now, it seems more routine to have a white New Year.
Talking to my dad yesterday while he made his way through the heavy snow to drive me home, he said the sight of large piles of snow in the middle of town from the city's plows is something he couldn't remember seeing in quite awhile. At some intersections the piles of snow looked to be five to seven feet tall.
These thoughts of recent winters and snowfalls that never really seem to measure up to much, could be one of the reasons I broke one of the cardinal rules for anyone who lives in the Lower Valley. I don't own a snow shovel.
Yesterday I was out on our front steps looking ever so smart as I tried to clear inches and inches of snow away with my kitchen broom. I just never thought the snow would keep coming.
. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org