In the heavy snows of the mid-90s, when my husband and I were new as a couple, we rode our sleds down car-free Grandin Road at midnight and on to the busy sledders’ hill in Memorial Avenue’s Ghent Park. Snowboarders built a wooden ramp onto the high stone wall there; people set their dogs free, blasted the air with car stereos, built bonfires. My over-50s man was still crazy enough to ride his Flexible Flyer down the hill standing up.
Now, the only snow is on the funny pages. It lives on like a fantasy in Red & Rover, Mutts, Frazz, and a few others. I nostalgically study their sleds and mittens, their caps with ear flaps, their breath drawn in puffs.
Oh great spirits of meteorology, give us one more chance to be wild children in the snow – while our bones and our hearts are still young enough.Â –Mary Bishop, “Corner Shot” Mini-Essay, January 12 Roanoke Times