A friend’s Facebook post of her daughters holding a big bowl of fresh snow and smiling expectantly reminded me wintry weather isn’t only about driving carefully, shoveling drives, and making snowmen. It’s also about adding milk, sugar, and vanilla to jillions of miniscule crystals to create something that glides across taste buds and slides into memory.
Who forgets the first time their mom or dad watched huge flakes fall, saying, “Hope there will be enough to make snow ice cream.” If deep drifts formed, that parent headed to the cupboard containing mixing bowls and extracted the big one. After that, a voice commanded, “Put on your hats, coats, gloves, and boots. It’s time.”