Nowhere Snow

Word of the Day Challenge: Powder

Carl Thiemann “Snowy road to nowhere”

When I was little there were two lessons in nature and science  that actually stuck with me for what turned out to be odd reasons. Entertaining but odd reasons.

One thing I learned from my Grandfather that if you really did see a falling star in the sky over  your head, say your prayers because stars are humongous and you’ll be deep fried before you know it.

The other one I picked up from my friends-  powder snow makes for cruddy snowballs and you can forget thinking about  building snowmen. The only people who liked Powder snow were skiers and who cares about them?

Not a bunch of kids who want to toss snowballs around, that’s for sure.

It was a rule of nature and we took  that rule  seriously as kids, powder snow is useless because all it does is lay there and you can’t make anything out of it.

Lesson learned.

When I grew up I worked in a funeral home and when we were busier then normal I worked in the crematorium.

Because I wasn’t there much, I was super careful  and slow through the entire process.

One day I was finishing up and as I screwed the lid on the base shut I heard this little swoosh from inside of the  urn. Well, maybe I didn’t hear anything as much as I felt the weight shift.

That’s when I thought about powder snow, how it just lays there and how you can’t make anything out of it.

It wasn’t until then that I realized how sad that somewhat obscure rule of nature really was.


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