Same Children, Different Year


You remember the movie, The Christmas Story? I don’t know if there is a person who hasn’t seen it at some time. I didn’t watch it for many years because of memories connected with my deceased brother. This past Christmas I was able to watch about a fourth of it before I had to get a way from it.

I’m sitting here watching the many kids running back and forth. I see they are sledding and having a lot of fun. I can hear them from my closed windows laughing. It took me back to my childhood days. The days of being outside in the winter.

For me, it took me as long to get my winter gear on as the time I spent outside was about the same. I never liked outside. In fact, today, with having to use my walker and my ability to stand-up steady being weak, I have actually been looking at rentals in Tennessee. It has been two winters now that I am using a walker or scooter. Most times I lean or grab onto other’s coats for an extra safety harness. I just don’t like it, I mean the fact, that the fear of falling on slippery ice or crunchy snow keeps me home bound more and more. I don’t like the feeling of knowing my home that well. LOL.

My parents had the whole wardrobe assembled at the door. Regular clothes, sweatshirt over shirt, two pairs of socks, two pairs of long pants, snowmobile suit, gloves and hat along with a scarf that always came untied and I was eating the fuzz. I felt like I couldn’t move. Perhaps this is why I didn’t like outdoor activities. I preferred shorts and a T, socks and my red Keds.

As I sit here and watch the kids, I can’t but notice some are dressed similar to how I was but others don’t have any boots on. A few don’t have gloves on. One girl has only a sweater on over her clothes. Is the snow warmer today than when I was a kid, or are these kids today more warm-blooded than I was as a youngster. Or is it the babysitter or parents lack of care. I don’t know, but I know it just makes me shiver and wonder about their families. I do know one thing for sure; they sure are having fun and that says a lot.

6 thoughts on “Same Children, Different Year

  1. We were having weather in the 40s for a couple of days though there was a little snow in sheltered places. I was hoping maybe spring was coming soon. Then yesterday happened. We have been having snow, snow, snow, and wind. I was supposed to visit friends today but we called it off because I didn’t want to go out in it. My tires aren’t the best, either, and I don’t want to get into an accident. But looking out at that blowing snow made me very happy to be inside my apartment.

    Cute video. I have seen kids with what seems to me to be too little clothes on in the winter, but I know sometimes they are sent out with all the right gear but take some of it off once they get playing. It makes me shiver, too, when I see people with too little winter clothes on. Last night on the way to church (I get a ride so don’t have to drive) there was a group of runners, most of who had bare legs from the knees down. They didn’t have boots either, and the snow was coming down. Crazy in my opinion. But then, they don’t ask for my opinion. 🙂

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      • I had to go out today for Bible study then got my groceries. When we got out of the grocery store the wind was fierce and freezing. Fortunately I got home before the snow came again, but now it is really blowing and snowing. Glad I don’t have to go out until Sunday for church. After I got home today I realized I should have gone to the bank as I have a check to deposit, but I had no intention of going out again in that cold. It will have to wait until next week. Not sure how much snow we have had over the past few days, but I don’t think it’s anything like eight inches thankfully. But I’m sure we have about half that. Sunday it’s not supposed to snow.

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