In a one-horse open sleigh, whoever is riding in it feels like it’s skating across snowy terrain. Who wouldn’t feel happy doing that? Forward you would move and hear the clip-clop of hooves muted to a mere crunch.
The crunch crunch crunch of steps on snow . . . the traditions of Christmas holiday . . . do these ease the worries of winter? Worries adults have. Worries are not part of little kids’ thinking. I’ve seen a five-year-old girl in Nashville whooping “Forward” as she zipped across the snowy downhill on a saucer toboggan for a quarter of a mile. What rare fun!
In Brooklyn, children had deeper snow for tobogganing. Adults, bundled, hooded, and gloved, went walking.
Winter affects people in quite different ways. Have you known older folks who pretty much stay indoors between January and April? In Memphis years ago, we had next-door neighbors like that. As soon as spring had sprung, out came our neighbors for easy conversing on the patio, borrowing a typewriter, or sharing a wave or a chat at the mailboxes. If we had been smokers, we could have had a cigarette with them. A friend who moved to Memphis from Florida a couple of years ago set her mind to enjoying winter this year, and she decided to separate Christmas decor, laden with red and green, from winter decor. The way she presented this change in perspective was to create “winter table landscapes” all through the house and invite friends and colleagues to learn how she became a certified table landscaper. One side of the dining table was done up in dark blue, the other in pale turquoise. Scarves decked the backs of chairs. Mercury-glass pine trees deserved the highest praise for eye candy.
Winter 2015-2016 is with us. What do you think of the winter scene, below, in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn? Would you like to stay indoors, or would you prefer to bundle up, put on boots, warm socks, water-resistant gloves, cover your head, grab a Kleenex, and take a nice walk down the street. Would you step into any snowbanks?