Friday, January 18, 2008

We Are Easily Amused

Shreveport snow
Originally uploaded by darebouche
Phones are ringing all over town. People are making random exclamations, such as "Whoa!" Others are laughing, either with us or at us. Why all the fuss? It's snowing! We don't see snow around here; and even if it doesn't "stick," just witnessing white flakes falling from the sky is an event. We're excited and we're not embarrassed about it.
I went outside for a few minutes just to let the snow land on my face and to take pictures.
I have a happy random memory about snow. One day, when I was in 7th grade, it starting snowing hard. Our much beloved teacher, Mrs. Scott, could not divert our attention away from the windows. After all, this was a huge moment in a Louisiana 12-year-old's life. Mrs. Scott became so exasperated that she called the principal to our classroom.
Sister Natalie scared us only slightly less than the Wicked Witch of the West. That day, everything changed. Mrs. Scott asked for help settling us down. Sister Natalie laughed, shook her head and said, "Oh, let them play."
Her iron maiden image was gone forever and I think she was happy about it.
Let it snow!

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