My Holiday Decor
February 8, 2013 7 Comments
Mom’s birthday was February 1st, 1928 and for most of my life her birthday celebrations extended for a week or so from the end of January to the beginning of February. Mom loved celebrating Ground Hog Day.
By Valentines Day we were fully into the new year and totally entrenched in the winter season so every holiday was a good thing to celebrate. We lived in the snow belt off the Great Lakes and our wind chill factors were in the double negatives while the snow plowed mound mountains were double digits of feet. The weather was brutal enough that people died clearing snow and ice so they could get mail.
There are lots of brutal winter environments and they are endured because when spring and summer arrive, it’s awesome. That didn’t apply to my childhood in Cleveland, Ohio. The heat and humidity of summer sapped the energy and only a good thunderstorm helped. I also remember vibrant summer sunsets because of the atmospheric pollution. The rainbow of colors was from the light of a setting sun filtered through layers of airborne chemicals.
Sunsets from my childhood memories has never been duplicated in all my travels. I’ve always loved big rivers though the first river I loved was so toxic that when it caught fire it burned for three days.
But I always feel warm and fuzzy with my memories of childhood. I do love visiting my family in Ohio though I’ve been really glad to leave and return to my home. For 15 years is was in New Jersey. Now it’s in Oregon.
There were cardinals in Ohio.
But now it’s time to put the cardinal Lenox lamp away for this year.
Because this year, I signed a contract with a publisher.
Hot Damn, and Hallelujah! Happy Birthday, Mom. Your baby girl is going to be a published novelist.