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Winter Memories: An Answer to Jackie's Challenge

Updated on December 23, 2014

THE CHALLENGE IS ISSUED

When my good friend Jackie makes a request, I feel I have little choice but to respond. Jackie has been so good to me over the years, so supportive and loyal, so the least I can do is step up to the plate and swing at this pitch of hers.

The challenge is to write an article about winter memories. You can find her official challenge by following this link.

And you can find my response by allowing your eyes to drift below.

Not nearly as smart as I look at the age of twelve
Not nearly as smart as I look at the age of twelve | Source

The Winter of My Youth

“You aren’t afraid, are you, Bill?”

Well, in truth, I was scared shitless as I stood at the top of 30th Street Hill in Tacoma, Washington that fine winter’s day. Before me was a quarter mile of ice-covered danger, and the goal, and the dare, was to traverse that slick-as-snot roadway on a wooden sled with metal runners and hope…no, pray…that I survived the experience. Only a fool of the highest order would not be afraid, but only an equal fool, at the age of twelve, would admit to that fear, with friends gathered around.

“Come on, do it if you’re going to do it. The rest of us want a chance at it.”

But I couldn’t help but notice that they were all waiting to see if I survived before they tried it.

That’s the thing about youth. Concepts like mortality are nebulous at best. The thrill of adventure will often override common sense. So it was on that afternoon. I put the sled on the ice, placed my body upon it, said one last prayer to Jesus, and pushed off.

Walking back home that afternoon, bloodied and colder than a witch’s tit, I felt invincible. Every nerve ending in my body was alive, and I was convinced that there was nothing I could not do. I remember arriving home to the shriek of my mother as she cast her eyes upon the wreckage that was her son. I remember getting patched up with loving care, making promises to be more careful in the future, and then racing outside to see what other challenges I could meet.

There are, after all, no mulligans when you are young. Balls to the wall, full throttle, break neck adventure and to hell with the consequences, that’s what youth is like, and that’s what youth should be.

And then we grow older.

All work and no play made Bill a very dull boy
All work and no play made Bill a very dull boy | Source

Winter of Young Adulthood

“Dammit all to hell, traffic is going to be a bitch.”

Looking out at the winter scene, all I could think of was the impending doom as I prepared to drive my twenty-year old clunker to work. “Lord, keep me safe from the idiots,” I muttered to myself as I walked out to the old Chevy. I cussed as I scraped ice off the windshield. I cussed as I dug snow away from the tires. I cussed as I blew on my hands to warm them up, and I cussed as the engine took longer than normal to cough to life.

Sure enough, traffic was a bitch. Why is it that people who don’t know how to drive in the snow insist on driving in the snow, and hitting their brakes every ten feet? Do they not understand the laws of physics? Don’t they understand that I’m in a hurry?

“Get the hell out of my way, Gramps. Darlin’, park it or drive it, but whatever you do, do it away from me. For the love of God, what are you doing? I’m going to be late for work if you don’t drive that car the way it was intended to be driven.”

Then eight hours of work in the warehouse, the cold finding ways of seeping inside the clothing, invading the skin, and attacking the body warmth. Eight hours of shivering, followed by another hair-raising, death-defying drive home, trying, in vain, to avoid the vehicles stuck in snowdrifts and strewn across the road, deserted by drivers who had met their match in Mother Nature.

Finally, thankfully, I arrived home, immediately poured myself a tall drink, got out of my frozen clothes, and then listened as the kids begged for some “quality time” with dad. “Let’s go build a snowman, Dad. Let’s have a snowball fight. Let’s go sledding.”

“Sledding,” I say. “It’s cold out there. Why don’t you go and have fun, and I’ll catch up with you later.”

Of course, later never came.

A true child at heart
A true child at heart | Source
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Livin' large and lovin' life | Source

The Winter of Middle Age

“Let’s go for a walk, darling.”

Twelve inches of heaven awaited us as Bev and I strapped on our show shoes and prepared for one of our favorite activities. The snow had finally stopped, and as darkness fell upon it, the lights from neighboring homes illuminated a breathtaking scene. Plumes of breath led the way as we walked smoothly down the street. Neighbors came outside and waved greetings, and little children stood in awe, some experiencing snow for the very first time.

Through the park we went, the only sounds were those made as our shoes floated across the top of the feathery ground cover. Bev stopped and looked up at the branches, covered in white, majestic guardians hovering over us.

“Isn’t it beautiful, Bill? And indeed it was. She was radiant that night, cheeks pink from the cold, a smile transforming her face and filling me with all the warmth I would need. And then she unbuckled her shoes, let out a shriek, and fell backwards onto a mound of snow. Flapping her arms, she called out “Look, I’m an angel,” and all I could think to say was “Yes, Bev, yes you are.”

Finally we turned around and headed back home. As we approached our driveway, Bev asked me if I was cold.

“Yep, freezing as a matter of fact.”

Then she asked me if I was tired.

“Yep, I’m feeling my age tonight. Bone-tired I am.”

And then she asked me if I wanted to go sledding.

“You bet your ass I do,” and we raced to the garage, grabbed our sleds, and headed off to 30th Street Hill.

Thank You, Jackie!

A wonderful challenge it was, Jackie, and I thank you for it. I also invite you all to give it a go. Share your winter memories with us all, thus giving us a chance to get to know you just a little bit better.

I look forward to your efforts.

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, Elsie and Happy 2015 to you.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Beautiful story as usual, you do it so well especially when writing about past events, it's like living in your memory reading them. Enjoyed reading your challenge of winter memories. Thanks.

      Wishing you all the best for your writing in 2015.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I thought I felt you along for the ride. Hope you enjoyed the landing. :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Nice work, Billy, I was right there with you in the spirited wisp of wind that is me. Did you notice?

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, DDE, and Happy New Year to you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great memories and certainly got you greatly with your better half. Happy New Year to you and family!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, with Bev around, I have no choice but to keep being a kid.

      Happy New Year to you and your family.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thrilling for sure, Rachael, and oh, how did we ever survive it? Sure glad I had those experiences.

      Thank you for being here, my friend.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Aww...you and Bev are so cute! I enjoyed that part of your story indeed! Keep that kid in you (both) and enjoy it!

      Happy New Year and I send you love and twinkle from the sky. ~

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      When I was growing up, we had a hill near our house in NY that we called Suicide Hill. I guess all neighborhoods had one hill like that. It had trees weaved across the trail and at something like 50 MPH, you had to turn your sled to avoid crashing into the trees.

      It was thrilling!

      I enjoyed your winter memory, Bill. Happy New Year to you and Bev.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eddy, and Happy New Year to you and your family.

      billy

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful memories billy and wishing you a whole load of good cheer for the run up to our brand new year ahead. Lots of love from Wales.

      Eddy.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell. I am so happy that others enjoyed my memories. Happy New Year to you.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      That was amazing Bill! I loved all your memories, especially the fact that you found the fun again with the lovely lady by your side, we all grow out of stuff, then grow back in! loved this one!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Genna. I think we all owned a Jurassic car at one time...and they are fond memories now, but they sure weren't at the time.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MelRoots, I'm crossing my fingers on that one. So far no broken bones. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kim, everyone laughs a little harder after reading DJ's comments. Thank you for being here and Happy Holidays to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, if I lived where you live, I might not like it either. I wasn't too crazy about it when I lived in Alaska. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok, and Happy Holidays to you.

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I loved how you approached this with the various phases of life. I had to laugh about your “twenty-year old clunker” as it reminded me of my first Jurassic car when I was 17. This terrific article inspired me to write about that winter experience, and offer an answer to Jackie’s challenge. I only hope I’m not too late. Thank you, Bill. You continue to delight, motivate and move us with your creative gifts. Voted way up and shared.

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      Melody Lassalle 2 years ago from California

      Wonderful winter memories. I think there is a reason we get more cautious as we age. Ah yes, it's because we break more easily. ;)

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      இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу 2 years ago from Niagara Region, Canada

      A lovely coming-of-age story going full circle! Thank you for sharing your memories and making me laugh. Although, I did chuckle a little harder after reading DJ's comment! ;))

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      This was great Bill. So many things in our life bring us full circle. I was no lover of winter as a child and I'm still no lover of winter. Don't get me wrong, I admire its beauty and often catch my breath at snowy scenes, but, preferably from indoors ;)

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      This is an amazing answer to an interesting challenge, Bill! Happy Holidays!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Jo! I'm just happy I survived 30th St Hill as a child. :) Happy Holidays to you, my friend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Wonderful winter memories, vivid and so real! These little snapshots are beautifully done, memories are precious, this was touching and funny, a joy to read.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad to hear that, Pawpaw...thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Greg and yes, I did put my tongue on metal. You only do it once. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ann! Christmas is hectic, and my schedule has fallen apart. LOL Oh well, we are having fun and that's all that matters. I'll recoup next week and be back on track.

      Happy weekend my friend. Enjoy family on Sunday.

      bill

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Enjoyed reading about your winter memories. This jogged some pretty special memories of my own. That for that.

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      Greg Boudonck 2 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      I just love this hub Bill. Now, as for me, I hate snow; thank God I live now in Puerto Rico. Did you ever put your tongue on the metal of the swing set?

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      What fun you've relived here, bill! I like that you concentrated on three periods of your life, a snapshot of each one. You capture the sheer exhilaration of having fun in the snow. Wonderful!

      Hope Christmas-tide is treating you all well over there. We're doing fine and enjoying the peace before the chaos (and joy) of family on Sunday!

      Have a great evening, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, we seem to live in different worlds. :) I, on the other hand, can't imagine living somewhere where snow is a remote possibility. Isn't it interesting what we get used to and what we call home?

      It was a lovely Christmas, but now I'm ready to get back to work. Happy Weekend to you, and thank you.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful, precious memories, Billy!

      Winter in South Africa is like spring in your woods. The coldest town would be Sutherland, with an average annual minimum temperature of 2.8 ºC (37.04ºF)

      99% of SA may have one or two very cold days/nights during winter - (about minus 5C (23F)). Only 1% of the country gets snow, and actually only on the mountain peaks. So, what shall I write about winter? Perhaps about the homeless guy who was found frozen in his shelter the morning after an extraordinary cold night, or about the day I slipped on a layer of ice on the stairs and almost broke my back.

      I can't imagine driving a car in snow, not to talk about a truck (18 wheeler) in a mountain pass?

      Hibernation of humans in the northern hemisphere could be a fascinating science fiction movie.

      I hope your are having a merry and peaceful Christmas day :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Flourish, and Merry Christmas to you and yours as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It was, Vellur, and it still is. Merry Christmas!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Merry Christmas!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a great winter memory. I'm glad you shared it. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Bill.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading your experience, sledding on the snow must have been great.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a fun and enjoyable hub, Bill. Thanks for sharing your interesting winter memories.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Michelle. For whatever reason, I handle the cold much better than I do the heat. I used to be the one outside building a snowman in a tshirt and shorts. LOL Merry Christmas to you, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Frank. I'm glad you enjoyed my trip back to yesteryear. Merry Christmas to you and may all your dreams come true.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Suzette, and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, I have never been too tired to go sledding. It's in my blood and hope it always will be.

      Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you venkatachari M. I appreciate you spending time with me over the holidays.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jackie, you had me trying to remember if I knew any Beths. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, thank you for visiting. No snow this winter so far, but January always has some surprises for us.

      Family just left. Now we are trying to recover from eating too much.

      Merry Christmas dear friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mel. I'm sure I've used a few of those epitaphs myself. :) Merry Christmas, Mel!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Marlene, for spending part of Christmas Eve with me. Happy Holidays my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jackie and the same to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, thank you for visiting me over the holidays, and sharing your memories.

      Peace be with you always

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      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Bill for taking me through some of your wondrous winter extravaganzas. I enjoy vicariously experiencing the frigid air as the winter is my least favorite time of year. I love seeing the snow and leaves dropping but do not have the proper internal thermometer for that sort of air. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the weather, family and love.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Ive read so many wonderful memories Billy, so many of you put so much of yourselves in bringing back the winter memories.. they made for excellent reading my friend bless you and Happy Holidays.. and may you have many more memories to share

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Wonderful memories, Bill and I like how you gave your different memories at different points in your life. Well done!

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I love this. Especially the tired walk followed by enthusiastic sledding. That made me laugh. I could also relate. :)

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and entertaining story, Bill. You have done the challenge so superbly by dashing into the snow again even at that frozen, bone tired moment at the behest of your sweet heart. It's wonderful!

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oops, Bev I meant and I know it is Bev; and I know no Beths so just go figure, lol. Guess I will have to go now and fill Faith in on the mystery she would like solved. hahaha

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what fun, dear Bill! I truly loved reading your wonderful addition to Jackie's Winter Memories Challenge, especially with your presentation from your young and daredevil self, to young adult and now, which is most precious.

      Is it currently snowing that much now? My goodness, you get a lot of snow! Our state would shut down if we had that much now LOL, and we did just that last year during our three-day snow and ice storm. Hahaha

      I have always wondered about why is it that a witch's boob is so cold? Hee hee It would be interesting to find out from where that saying originated.

      Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Bill

      Tomorrow, Christmas Eve, my family and all the grandchildren are coming to my home. Such a joyous time for us. I thought I would not make it home this night from the city, being it was a torrential downpour, but now snow or ice, praise the Lord!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I can tell you from experience that bones don't mend as well when you are older, so I hope you were careful. About your experience with driving in the snow, although there is certainly no snow here in sunny SoCal we do have our share of bad drivers. I was thinking this morning that I hope I don't die in the car, because there is no way I'll get into heaven with some of the epitaphs I have on my lips.

      Your story made me fondly remember the snowy days of my Albuquerque youth. Great hub!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I live in sunny California, so my winter memories would be indistinguishable from my summer memories. I really enjoyed reading your story. Merry Christmas, Bill. Enjoy the season with your lovely angel, Bev and the family.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Merry Christmas Bill; to you and Beth; and a very Happy New Year!

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Hello Bil.

      A hart warming experience enduring cold and snow during the stages of allegedly getting aged. Enjoyable reed my friend. You have stirred up memories back some years, when my theory became reality: a Winter for snow a snow for health booster induration ; I was taking a snow bath in shorts building up a callous indifference to influencing, - cold-blooded and indurate to public opinion. ( Contemplating a restart).

      Voted interesting.

      My your days be blessed.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I think it is a saying that came up through the Great Depression. A lot of "old-timers" said it, or so I remember growing up. Anyway, if you're ever in Olympia, we'll go sledding.

      Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the challenge, Jackie. It was great fun and I'm glad I had the time to partake.

      Merry Christmas, my friend.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I haven't heard that expression "colder than a witch's tit" in years! My Daddy used to say that. I grew up in the hills of South Carolina. We didn't get much snow; just lots of ice. Daddy used to say it was too cold to snow! I have never been on a sled, sure sounded like a lot of fun.

      Merry Christmas, Bill.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Man you should have knocked on my door a few hours ago!! So sorry to be so late but here I am and I love your story; just truly you! Sharing it now and putting you at the top of the list. It is growing!!!

      Thank you so so much!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Bill. This was a little bit of both. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that's not so bad, Maj...at least you get a little bit of the seasons. Merry Christmas once again, my friend. Enjoy those fluffy clouds.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We do indeed, Ruby, and isn't it marvelous? Thank you for always being here, my friend, and Merry Christmas to you.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Enjoy each of your 'writer's challenge' responses. You are able to draw out and share really fascinating stories, whether from actual memory or your creative mind. Thanks, again, for sharing!! ;-)

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Bill, me again, just to reassure you - we do have four seasons here in Victoria. Winter of course is mild, not as dramatic as the UK although it is possible to ski a couple of hours drive away from here. Wall to wall sunshine? Not for me. I am Spring or Autumn. It never ceases to amaze me how much weather plays a part in life.

      It's the morning of Christmas eve here, blue sky and fluffy clouds...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was so much fun to read. The witches tit cracked me up. Each season of your life was as it should be. Funny as we age we enjoy little events more deeply. Thank's again...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Travmaj, I'm not sure I could get used to constant sunshine. I'm happy that you are happy there, though. As for the thaw....we call it Mud Season and for good reason. :) Merry Christmas my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blossom, summer? I'm just happy we have an extra minute of light now. LOL Thank you for visiting and Merry Christmas to you.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jamie! Always appreciated.

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      travmaj 2 years ago from australia

      Lovely, bittersweet memories, the stages of winter through stages of your life. Capturing moments, and noting the changes in attitude, in knowing yourself.

      The snow scenes of my English childhood fill me with joy, the white landscape, the silence, the fun. Until the thaw came and spoilt everything. Now I've moved on, summer here, blue sky, the warmth is pleasing although tinsel sparkling in sunshine never seems quite right. Cheers Bill

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Lovely memories, even when it's summer here! Have a great Christmas.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for sharing Bill! Great storytelling. Jamie

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, look at you and your creative writing skills. That was a beautiful description of nostalgia.

      I just knew you'd have a full appreciation of sledding down 30th St Hill. It's a wonder I'm alive!

      Blessings to you, my friend, and Merry Christmas.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eric, Flexible Flyers indeed, and I hated that smell of wet wool. LOL Thanks for the memories, Eric!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Randi, if I grew up in Chicago I may not have survived. Good for you just being alive. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Dora. One thing you'll always get with me is personal attitudes.

      Have a superb Tuesday and Merry Christmas!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I am howling. Twelve inches of heaven...oh my God, woman, you are hilarious.

      I need to tell Bev.

      Merry Christmas with love coming right back atcha

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, I had to laugh at the last sentence. I find myself checking the footing as well. Oh well, we do what we have to do.

      Thank you and Merry Christmas.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh Bill, this is wonderful. With age comes knowledge. My prayer is that we all attain what you have described--that with the glow of nostalgia mingled with years of experience (and regret) we come full circle and recognize the beauty of life and what is truly important.

      (And this Tacoma native recognizes the sheer terror of facing North 30th Street hill).

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flexible Flyers was all I could think about, along with the broken up bodies and torn jackets and oh that special smell of snow wetted wool. Thanks Bill.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Lol. No worries! I have seen and have my share if scars, too. After all, I did grow up in Chicago! I've only been here 6 years!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      This is the perfect challenge for this time of year, helping us celebrate the memories of each other. I thoroughly enjoyed yours, Bill, and appreciate the personal attitudes that went along with each one. Merry Christmas!

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      This article reminded me a bit of day gone by. Of course, these days, everything reminds me of days gone by! ha, ha

      To tell you the truth, I kinda got off on the wrong visual of a promise of

      "twelve inches of heaven". Yep, those days are gone, as well. LOL

      Great article and visual of Christmas Past.

      Thank you for sharing, Bill.

      Merry Christmas with love,

      DJ.

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      carol stanley 2 years ago from Arizona

      Most winters of my life were spend in warm climates. However I do remember being a daredevil so many times. When you are young you think you are bullet proof--unfortunately as we age we find out this is not true. I now watch where I am walking.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And we did it all without helmets or seatbelts, Sha! Hooray for us!

      Have a superb Tuesday and again, Merry Christmas!

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What a fun story! I love the way you came full circle back to the 30th Street hill, this time with Bev in tow.

      I remember those daredevil days sledding and tobogganing down the steepest hills we could find. It's a wonder we survived!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you so much, Randi. I do love the snow, and I have several scars to prove it....oops, maybe I shouldn't have mentioned the scars. LOL

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow! This really got my memories going! You put it so eloquently and descriptive that you turn my horrifying memories into snow to nostalgic ones. I may have to give this a go! Thank you, Bill! Loved this!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Like Narnia indeed, Paradise. Thank you for the kind words. Gift or no gift, I sure do love to write.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pop. It is cookie-making day here...and fudge. I plan on gaining five pounds today alone. I think I can do it. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it Adventuretravels...now we just need some snow. So far it has been a wet winter with no white in sight. :) Merry Christmas my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. I can't do all the things I once could do, but I won't be cheated of those things I can do...if that makes any sense.

      Happy Tuesday my friend, and thank you always.

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      Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Awesome, Big B. Especially that last part about snowshoeing in the pristine countryside with your wife. Everything so beautiful, so pure. Like Narnia. You certainly have the gift.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories. I actually feel the cold and am ready for a tall drink! Up, beautiful and awesome!