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The Waterfall

“Once Valentine’s Day comes, the worst of winter is over.”

That’s something Dad would always say in the middle of those cold, snowy, bitter Chicago winters, when we kids would complain about the cold air on cloudless days and the slushy snow that froze again into small, dangerously slippery peaks on the sidewalks.

“The worst of winter is over.”

I was never a die-hard fan of winter. In fact, the only part of the season I like is the first good snowfall, Christmas vacation, and the way the snow sparkles like tiny diamonds under city street lights in the blackest of nights. The rest, I can leave: dirty, slushy streets, bitter cold air, and short days.

I was thinking about a trip I made to the Chicago Botanical Garden one early autumn day, and I found a nice picture I took of one of the waterfalls there.

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It took away my winter doldrums today, and I remembered that here it is, almost Valentine’s Day, and the month is just about half over.

Spring is approaching!

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


Warm Blankets

I was pulling the towels out of the dryer this past weekend. They were clean, fluffy and warm, and I momentarily held them against me. I remembered that when I was a kid, in the winter Ma would hang clothes on temporary clotheslines in the basement. When dry, the towels were slightly stiff, which was so different from when they hung outside in the spring and summer and the breeze kicked them around and softened them up. Some time when I was around ten years old, my parents got a dryer. It was a godsend with all the babies’ clothes and diapers to be washed, and it all could be dried any time, in any season. On particularly cold winter nights, Ma would throw our blankets in the dryer for a few minutes to warm them up right before we went to bed. Their warm snugginess made us falling asleep so much nicer, and made me fall sleep quicker in the chill of the night.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


W-H-O-O-S-H !

Ike and Mamie Eisenhower at the Voting Booth (Image from Google).

Ike and Mamie Eisenhower at the Voting Booth (Image from Google).

The first time I voted, an old version of voting machines was still being used. They were the kind where you pull a lever and curtains closed behind you. You pulled smaller levers to choose your candidates.

It wasn’t dramatic as The Wizard behind the curtain in “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” but stagy nonetheless. When you were done, the final lever opened the curtains again with a brash and theatrical W-H-O-O-O-O-S-H ! as if you were a part of a grandiose stage production and you were the star of the show.

As best as I can remember, it was only twice that I used that type of voting machine, because shortly after I started voting, they were slowly being replaced with smaller booths where you pulled the curtain closed manually, and then to the now-in-use cheesy plastic tables with side blinders and paper ballots.

With those old timey ones, the brash and exaggerated W-H-O-O-S-H ! of the curtains made me feel like I did something spectacular. And yes, the actual rite of voting at a polling location is still remarkable. Maybe there’s no feeling of a grand stage production anymore, but remarkable nonetheless.

November 8, 2016.
©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


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