Tuesday, November 25, 2008

'scuse Me While I Reminisce


The weather has turned. The clouds moved in, all sharp lines, those are rain clouds, snow clouds are softer along their edges. It has been some time since I have seen snow clouds; one of my favorite times was Thanksgiving. My family often made the pilgrimage to Mauthe Lake to spend the entire weekend up in the woods of the Kettle Moraine. By that time the leaves would be gone, only the oak, a stingy tree by nature would be clinging to its brown dried leaves, rasping in the wind, busy with squirrels harvesting the last of the acorns the scent of winter in their noses. Winter winds do have a particular scent to them, more of a fresh smell with the promise of Christmas snow in the offing. Back then I looked forward to the snow, the sledding, building forts and snowball fights. It was nature’s invitation to brave the cold and come out and play.

There were times we had snow for Thanksgiving, a thin skein of ice across the lake – sometimes my brother and would dare to walk out on the new ice, laugh at our Springer Spaniel’s attempts to run on the ice and slide halfway across the lake before she came to a stop, or watch foolish snowmobilers try to drive their heavy machines out on to the lake only to promptly break through and sink. Karma was exacting its toll for their disruption of the solitude of the forest. It is sad that we have grown apart from nature to some degree – those times with my brother in the woods are some of the fondest memories of childhood I have. Hiking or riding our bikes on the trial around the lake, taking the ‘”secret trail” through the swamp to get to New Prospect to buy candy, smoke bombs, and sometimes meal worms for fishing through the ice, if it was thick enough and some kind soul had drilled and abandoned a hole in the ice for us to fish through.

And the stars shone at night, unimpeded by bright city lights, Milwaukee was a smear of light in the distance so even the Milky Way shown in all its glory. We’d walk through the park at night to look for deer and pause to check out the sky, relish the quiet and dark, soak in the solitude and majesty of the woods. I miss walking the paths carpeted in the gold of shed Larch needles, colored crunch of leaves, or powered white snow, our tracks often the only ones to be seen. Those were indeed wonderful times. Happy Thanksgiving to you all…



20 Comments:

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Little Lamb said...

I like to reminisce sometimes. Happy Thanksgiving! ☺

 
At 9:36 PM, Blogger SJ said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 12:49 AM, Blogger Die Muräne said...

Happy Thanksgiving then! Hope you all will have a pleasant time with friends and family.

 
At 2:31 AM, Blogger How do we know said...

Thats a beautiful picture.. again. Nice and warm and Fuzzy. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

 
At 4:44 AM, Blogger dianne said...

Happy Thanksgiving Phos, to you and your family. ♥

 
At 5:44 AM, Blogger foam said...

hey! when were you taking photos off my back deck? .. :)
thanks for sharing your childhood memories. reading your memories brought back memories of my own...
of romping through the german woods, finding tadpoles in puddles, sledding during the winter, finding u.s. army rations, coming across the occasional wild boar babies.

 
At 5:45 AM, Blogger foam said...

happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger /t. said...

have
a great
thanksgiving
to phos & phosettes

/t.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger TROLL said...

Well-written. Reminds me of my childhood. Except we were always looking to kill things.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 
At 9:31 AM, Blogger Chickie said...

A happy one to you & yours. This is a nice time of the year to reminisce.

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger leelee said...

Thank you for sharing those memories Phos, I feel as if I was right there with you...you made me smile and remember my own Thanksgiving memories when the weather was cold...I do miss that..

Have a happy Day..with you and yours.

HUGS!

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Thanks all, have a great holiday if you are doing T-Day, otherwise have a great weekend and thanks for the wishes and visiting!!

Yours,

Phos

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Blackie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Phos n' Dogs

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Keshi said...

Happy TG Phoso! ;-)

not bak yet...but dropped by to say Hi :) keep smiling.

Keshi.

 
At 5:04 AM, Blogger dianne said...

Phos dear, thanks for sharing those memories with us, what an enriching childhood you had it shows through in your beautiful words. ♥

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger Indigo said...

Indigo Incarnates

I hope you have a really nice thanksgiving! :)

 
At 4:53 PM, Blogger G3T Films said...

I had a reminisce once, it DID go well with turkey.

Nice post Phos.

 
At 7:55 PM, Blogger Eternally Curious said...

Happy Turkey Day, Phos and Mrs. Phos!

 
At 8:42 PM, Blogger The Java Junkie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Family Phos!

 
At 8:11 AM, Blogger Becky said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! Time to put up christmas decorations!

 

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