By: Irene McCormick
God gave us winters to toughen us up. George Washington who crossed the
Delaware, with its ice flows, did use a row boat. Richard, on the other
hand, crossed it just north of Philadelphia, on the New Jersey side, on
foot, jumping from one ice chunk to the other until reaching the
Pennsylvania shore. The Delaware at that point is almost a mile wide.
Irene, as a young girl, walking several miles to school in southern
Iowa and hearing the snow crunching under her feet, yet freezing even
with her heavy long underwear, bulky and visible, couldn't wait to
return home to stand over the floor heating vent. She never quite
mastered the art of the winter sports, yet did share the fun of going
down huge hills on sleds, congregating with friends at the Park Ice
Skating rink, selling hot dogs at football games and going on hayrides
in the snow and having taffey pulls with friends on long winter
evenings. Chili was one of our family's favorite winter dishes.
Our four children did get to know the fun of a weekend at Lake Arrowhead
or Bear Mountain with it's crisp cold air and winter sports, mainly
skiing. Family time there was special to all of us and it was lovely in
the springtime and summer too.
Have a great winter, all of you.!!!