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    Frosty the Snowman provided a chilly break from Florida’s warmer winter weather

    January 11, 2017
    By: Mike Abrams

    Building our snowman outside in blustery weather in Horseheads, N.Y. reminded me that I was glad I didn’t forget to bring my gloves while visiting my son, his wife, and our granddaughter up north.

    Yow, it was cold, and it can get cold enough to persuade anyone to run back into the house to catch up on the heat.

    For my son Matthew, his wife Cindy and their daughter Kalina, snow was no big prospect.  Running out to play in the snow would be considered an act of craziness if you had to endure it every winter.

    As I sat in the passenger seat and watched daughter-in-law Cindy navigate through what looked like a blinding snowstorm to me, I thought about having to drive through these things on a regular basis. It is then that I began to appreciate living down South, at least out of the way of the flakes. We were perhaps 30 miles from Horseheads, which is near Elmira which is near Corning. I am not sure how anyone could see the highway.

    It looked from the car windows that we were isolated in a bleak, no-man’s land, creeping along while snow lashed at the car and was illuminated in the headlights. I doubt that anyone could see more than 20 feet ahead, but by instinct, the driver kept up a resolute speed of possibly 20 mph.  The minutes seemed to turn into hours for me as I wondered if we would ever get home.

    The only landmark may have been the side of the road, which could at least signal to the driver that she had gone off the road. Thank goodness, Cindy was in full command of the small all-wheel drive Subaru, which is exactly what you need, at least to keep from slipping on the icy roads. Rochel, Matthew, Kalina and I were being transported by a pro.

    Reaching home, we saw that the snowman we had built the day before had accumulated a lot of drifting snow on its cap. I had taken some pride in finding eyes for the snowman, which were actually the foil-wrapped chocolate coins that are given to children on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.  The gold eyes lent a strange aspect to the snowman, but when you are scrambling around for eyes, you have to make do.

    I guess you could say the snowman was part Christmas and part Hanukkah.

    We were around the snow for only a few days, and it was a great refreshment in my view to walk through it and hear it crunch.  Matthew and I ended up on several mornings walking through the snow that was mostly frozen on the ground, to a convenience store and ordering a hot cup of coffee. Cindy gave me one of those knitted caps and I looked just like I lived in Horseheads.

    Nevertheless, it was good to finally get back to Florida after a fine vacation and being in Atlanta to visit our family there.

    As cold as it got in Tallahassee recently, maybe down to 35 degrees, you’ll hear no complaints from me if it doesn’t happen to snow.