I remember a snowy winter in my childhood, I was only six years old. We moved from San Antonio, Texas, to
Washington State a place called Everett, to be exact. I remember the long ride in the back of a station wagon it
was always my cousin and I who had to sit back their because we were the youngest as well as the shortest,
since it was just a flat bed we could still stretch out legs and be comfortable.
It was a very long ride but I loved it, my favorite was eating at the fast food places, it was the best present ever!
We finally made our destination and looking from my window I never seen such beauty, trees were fat and
very healthy, i mean well fed. The grass so thick and green it looked like a carpet and the smell was like that of
running fresh mountain spring water. Everything was so clean and dewy fresh.
When it finally came to my turn to climb out of the car the neighbor hood was so pretty just rows of homes and
each home had a beautiful green front yard and the back of each one there was nothing but forest, my heart just
beat so fast with the thought of running through the forest and going through all the trails and figuring out where
they lead me that will be exciting, I thought.
My new home was so beautiful and neighbors were so welcoming and sent flowers and food we felt loved and
appreciated. My mind was set on nothing but the forest. Mom and the neighbor continued to talk for was
seemed like an eternity, I finally wondered off into the kitchen, then the rooms and our furniture just fit nicely and
I watched cartoons for a while on the sofa and keeping my eyes on the outside looking from the patio glass
doors I knew mom would never let me go out there now, because it was getting dark and I just had to wait until
tomorrow, so I ran to my room and closed my eyes so tight knowing that would make me go to sleep faster and
tomorrow would here in no time.
My toes were freezing, I think mom forgot to turn on the heat, I ran out of bed and reaching to try to reach the heat
I just couldn’t reach it, I didn’t need to wake mom up she was just to tired from the long moving yesterday.
This was my first snowy winter and i was gonna make the best of it before it left. I wrapped up in my blanket and
covered my head for a nice warm cozy hood. I put on my fluffy house slippers and found another pair of pants
to go over my pajamas, “O goodness, maybe i should have taaaaken my slippers off before putting on these
pants.” It took so long to put my pants on because my slippers weren’t that slippery after all. Now that part was
finally over I could add another shirt on over my pajama to and recover with the blanket. I went in to the kitchen
where mom always kept her mittens, I figured they would be warm since she’s able to take food out of the oven
and not be burned, so i shouldn’t feel the cold through these mittens.
I pulled the curtains back from the patio glass doors and so amazing all the bright things, everything was white
so white it seemed even the air was white, my breath showed just how cold it was but once i got out there
I was warm, I felt like i was in another world. I looked up to see the flakes falling and the forest was even more
beautiful there was not trail only my foot steps picking up the fresh powder and squeaking as i walked. I picked
up the snow, and what a yummy snow cone it made and was very tasteful and just tickled my tongue with the
pricks of cold but it was good, I kept eating it as I walked to see this new white design of the forest. I sat on what
looked like a log to finish my snow cone and then i heard a yelp! and i turned to see what it could be and took off
running because I couldn’t see what it was, I tiptoed back and peeked from behind this tree and could only see
a glow and it moved and I yelled, and had to hide again. Oh my goodness, it was a white kitten and it came out
of that log I was sitting on. I didn’t know how it was eating out there, there were no berries, so I rushed home to
find food. Coming in the glass door mom looked a bit upset. “Where have you been young lady, you shouldn’t
be going out there it can be dangerous, the neighbors have seen wild cats and bears and even wolves and they
can hurt you.”
Yes, I was grounded for a while but the kitten kept coming to the porch and eating the food i would give it.
Eventually, mom gave in and let me keep the kitten which I found it was a female and I named it Snow ball.
I kept her all through Elementary, Junior High and High School.
From that day, until now at age of 75, the little girl always comes out for a winter adventure and remembers her
very own snowy winter, whenever i see snow it makes me smile and all I have to do is look up to the snow falling
and each flake reminds me of that snowy winter of adventure and innocence.