Snow fort

17 Jan

We lived on a dead end. Now, they’d call it a cul-de-sac, but in the ’70’s , it was still a dead end. And it was the beginning of fun for us.

The snow plow that cleared our dead end created giant snow banks at the end of Greenwood Drive, stretching its entire width. With the plow’s job done, ours began.

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We claimed an end, and a team, and set to work, collecting the big chunks to create our childish version of  crenellations. At some pint, someone would produce a shovel and then the digging began. In spite of parental warnings against collapsing tunnels, we excavated. I worried more about my second grade teacher’s story about the scar on her lip, given to her by her older brother who accidentally hit her with the cutting edge of the shovel.

The talk was always of a snowball fight to follow, but I don’t recall that ever happening. I do remember acting out stories of our own creation. But mostly I remember building. We lugged the big pieces and packed them tight with snow. It was hard work but, with the sun shining on a winter’s day, it was heaven.

We’d take breaks and go home for a ’70’s lunch of  chicken noodle soup and a grilled cheese. In the morning we’d get up to see if our creation was still standing. If the plow had been back, we’d make repairs, then get back to the business of playing.

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10 Responses to “Snow fort”

  1. elsie January 17, 2017 at 7:25 am #

    Oh those memories of snow forts! What fun! Sometimes when there was a layer of crusty snow, we created “bricks” for our forts. And yes, there were snowball fights. So sorry you are having such a snowy winter.

  2. Linsey Taylor January 17, 2017 at 7:45 am #

    What a great memory! I live in south east Texas. We rarely had snow and when it did snow it wasn’t real snow… just Texas snow. Ha! But we loved it!

  3. terierrol January 17, 2017 at 11:08 am #

    Your snow story sounds so much like mine too growing up. Wasn’t it fun? Today despite our meager snow left here, the students were busy trying to excavate out a fort in the hard snow. They had fun anyway.

  4. arjeha January 17, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    Oh, yes! My friends and I loved building snow forts and then defending them. We did have snowball fights. What fun!

  5. annettepimentel January 17, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    “…it was still a dead end. And it was the beginning of fun for us.”
    My experience, too! (but with tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches)

  6. anita ferreri January 17, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    WOW, all we have are annoying SATURDAY snows!

  7. hollymueller January 17, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Love it! We just downsized into a condo, but our former house was at the end of a culdesac, and the neighbor kids loved playing in the mountains of snow the plow created. I loved watching them. 🙂

  8. Christine Baldiga January 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    You had me at grilled cheese! That brought back the memories of snow days long ago.

  9. Brian Rozinsky January 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    Killer lead, Adrienne. Thanks for sharing these memories.

  10. newtreemom January 17, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    The business of playing…oh, happy memories!

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