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Do you remember when you were little and it was snowing hard?

You were really excited.

After a dandy snowstorm, the snow – even without snowdrifts – could be almost as high as you were tall, and you couldn’t wait to get out and play in it.

You quickly put on your snowsuit and your mittens.

You might not have gotten up eagerly most school days, but if there was even the prospect of a snowy day, you jumped out of bed and turned on the radio.

No matter where you live, it may seem like your school district was often the last to close for the day.

Whatever the day, you made your way to the door as soon as you could. Maybe you made snow angels or snowmen. Maybe you climbed what seemed like mountains of snow that the plows had created just for you. Or maybe you took your sled up to the nearest hill.

If you still have a skate sled, keep it. You may have a hard time finding another one.

After your age had two digits, not just one, you still thought snow was the best thing. You’ve built snow forts and staged snowball battles.

Perhaps you have learned to ski and have taken to the slopes every now and then with family or friends. One of the perks of living in this part of the world is that good skiing isn’t far from home. Even though for the youngest of us, any journey may seem longer than it is.

When you first started driving, you quickly learned – sometimes the hard way – that driving in snow can be dangerous. This was especially the case when all the cars were rear-wheel drive and none had anti-lock brakes.

There is really nothing intuitive about driving on snow. You just have to learn. Every year, with the first snowfall, you have to remember that the roads have changed, and not in your favor.

Another downside – or at least it looks like it’s one at this age – is that you’re tall enough to shovel the driveway and boardwalk. But you will quickly understand how to tackle this task effectively.

At 20, the snow is still fresh. If for some reason life has taken you out of town, it’s fun to come home and hit the slopes with friends from high school or the neighborhood.

When The Post-Journal was an afternoon newspaper, several of us in the newsroom, as well as veteran journalist Manley Anderson, who was well over twice the age of each of us. , went skiing one night after work and had a blast.

Once you’re in your 30s, and with each decade that goes by, snow seems to get less and less fun. The snow becomes something to navigate or endure, and you don’t get snow days at school.

Skiing, however, is something you can enjoy for decades to come. Still, at some point you might want to find slopes other than black diamonds.

Even if you love snow for a while, you might wish it was gone by March 1. Maybe before that.

Winter conditions after the first day of spring are not exactly on your wishlist, thank you.

The longer you live, the more of a challenge snow can be. But that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying winter safely. On a good day, go for a walk along or around a lake near you. Visit a city, town, or town that you don’t see frequently. Stop for lunch where the locals go.

Invite family members or friends to accompany you, especially those who no longer drive or no longer drive in winter conditions.

You could do well on someone’s winter day.

Randy Elf loves the snow, but not as much as before.


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