In which there is snow

It may have come to your attention that it is, you know, winter. There’s a certain little detail of winter weather that people either love or hate, and I may have alluded to it in the title of this post. As for myself, I adore the stuff; it blots out the sins of the world in a sheet of dazzling white. Of course, then it melts and re-freezes and turns gray and black, gritty and marginalized, being run over. The more I write about it, the more snow seems like a metaphor for life. Alors.

For now

At any rate, I came down to spend a week or so with my mother, last night. One of the principal reasons that I wanted to – quite apart from the rapidly approaching holiday – was that there was a severe warning of coming snow, and Maman is amazingly fun to be snowed in with. That is to say, before cabin fever sets in.

Or a hangover.

For example, a year or two ago, Mama was on a blind date in December. When the waitress brought the check, she also brought a warning about imminent winter precipitation. Ma rushed straight home, only stopping to pick up a half-gallon of whiskey. When I pointed out that her first reaction was to stock up on the booze, she replied “Would you really want to be trapped here with me for a week sober?” It was clear that she meant it as a mutual thing.

It so happens that the power went out while I was there, that year. Her home was heated by a pellet stove, which runs on electricity, and since my father passed away, her generator gently rots away in its shed. Therefore, when the nasty snow came and knocked out the electricity, it was left to me to wall in the sides of her veranda with decorative blankets, arrange some furniture out there, split some wood, and build a fire in the brazier. We knocked back Manhattans and told salacious stories about our rotten love affairs, and I can’t count how many packs of cigarettes we went through.

Last winter, the ex-husband, a very dear friend of ours that I’ll refer to here as K, and myself, decided to host a dinner party. Most of the guests made it home just fine, but the two inches of snow or so stranded some of my favorite people here.

This is what happens, people, in the snow.

I happened to have one of the portable-speaker things that hooks up to your mp3 player, and the conversation, cocktails, and wisecracks lasted late into the night. We managed to cobble together a passable fire-cooked soup from the leftovers the next day, which was long, languid, and lovely.

Snow, to my mind, seems to force conviviality in close quarters with those whom we might not ordinarily share such circumstances, and is, therefore, one of my favorite aspects of the dark part of year.

About Ty DeLyte

Madame DeLyte has suffered a grave disappointment - YET AGAIN - and still believes that freedom, beauty, and truth are what's valuable, rather than vulgar cash. He'd add love to that list - but, well, what can he say about love?
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4 Responses to In which there is snow

  1. ekgo says:

    I absolutely LOVE it when the snow knocks the power out. When I was a kid, all the candles would come out and be lit, the fire would be roaring in the fireplace, we played card games and drank hot chocolate. And then she’d send us all to bed early because she could. I guess I didn’t like that part much.
    I will come to your house some snowy day to get snowed in. You have cards, right?

    • paisleyglen says:

      Absolutely. I haven’t played cards in *years*. I love it. We used to play cribbage, my dad and I. Wonderful memories!

  2. ekgo says:

    I had a whalebone spine cribbage board unce upon a time! But it was illegal and I had to give it back to Alaska.
    This winter: Snow day at your place! I’ll bring the fixings for gingersnaps (the faux martini, not the cookie)

    • paisleyglen says:

      That’s marvelous and a shame! How did they find out? Were you cowering behind furniture as Sarah Palin kicked down your door to take your game away?

      Gingersnaps? Faux martini? Educate me, madam. (That’s meant to sound seductive. Um.)

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