When cold blows in from Canada, pushed up by warm wind from Texas, snow happens suddenly and furiously. Only older siblings, big enough to sink only to the knee and then leap into the snow face first, could rejoice.
For two small children, enjoyment was peering out through icy panes and wishing. Mom…Mom…Mom…Can we go outside, too? Mom? Mom? Mom relented only when Mom became unbearable.
Two and four years old, Mary and Bill were wrapped, bundled, booted, and mittened, then given instructions: Stay on the porch. Both nodded solemnly.
Mom stood at the kitchen door, staring through the lacy ice crystals at five children enjoying the snow. Then Bill launched off the porch into deep white sea. Bill, she sighed.
Stomping out the door, Mom grabbed him by scruff of his coat and pulled him up. Then Mary whispered, “Mommy! Mommy! Look! Fire in trees! Fire in snow!”
Fire in the trees? In the snow? She beheld glorious cardinals perched in bare trees. Fiery cardinals with black masks. Brave cardinals in frigid air.
Mom hollered, “You kids get in here. Been out long enough!” But she continued to watch until fire became scarlet birds winging over snowy horizons.
|Fire in the Trees|
For those bloggers in the beginning of a long winter, this story is about the snow of 1958, which has been called the mini-ice age. Keep warm, enjoy the beauty as much as you are able, and Merry Christmas.