Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.

I’m Missing


I’ve noticed there’s something we’ve been missing this winter. Do you know what it is? I’ll bet you can guess.

So far, this winter we’ve been missing winter.

Remember in the past when snow used to fall out of the sky in big old flakes?

  When you looked out the window, everything was covered with the white stuff?And you felt as if you had to feed the birds? Even the ones who only eat on the ground?I miss that this year. I miss snowmen and snowball fights, too. And skiing! Not that we skied here in Okie-Land, but I thought I’d mention it. 🙂

Do you remember when your dad used to tie your sled to the back of the car and pull you around town?

I do.

Do you remember seeing sleds all tied together to make a train, being pulled by a pickup?

I do.

Do you remember when your husband used to pull your kids’ sled behind your brother’s motorcycle? Or drag them through the snow?

 I do.

And I remember snow days (no school) and coming in from playing in the snow, freezing, and warming up in front of the fireplace with your fingers burning and itching so you could barely stand it. And Mama never complained, even when we wanted to go right back out again as soon as we were warm.

I remember the joy of watching a child discover snow for the first time. And I remember Snow Ice Cream. Do you? I only remember Mama making it once. We still lived in The Ford back then. Mama took a huge bowl outside (I remember being sad because she left me inside 😦 with only Grandmother and Dad and Granddad) and filled it heaping full with sparkling clean snow.

I don’t have her exact recipe. When I asked her about it, she said, “You just add milk, sugar and vanilla and stir it all up. But we can’t make it anymore. Remember? . . . ”

Apparently, everyone decided we’d get radiation sickness from the fallout, left in the air by bomb testing back in the day. Since I haven’t heard of any of those ugly bombs being used or even tested lately, I think it might be safe to try it today.

So . . . somebody tell me how to make snow ice cream the way my mama did. Or even  the way your mama did. And if we ever get enough snow again, I’ll give it a shot. 🙂

Author: Susan Shay

For as long as I can remember, I've loved two things--reading and people--and that led me to become a writer. Many of my stories are set in Small Town Worlds. I'm a wife, mother, sibling and an aunt. I have a deep faith in God, and an exciting life in Christ. Maybe I shouldn't be (after all, he's God!) but I'm constantly amazed at the things He's up to. :)

8 thoughts on “I’m Missing

  1. Add a 1/2 cup of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla to a large bowl of snow, then pour in about a cup of milk. May need to add more milk for desired consistancy. Shane says don’t use the first snow of the year though!

  2. Some people add an egg in the mixture for a creamier texture as well if eating raw eggs is your thing ; ) You could temper the egg with heated milk and sugar and put it in the fridge to cool for several hours. Then, mix it with the vanilla and snow. I might actually try that today!

    • Mama always put raw eggs in her homemade ice cream. It was sooo good!
      Hey, I wonder if you could deliver that stuff when you get it finished? Maybe tie it to the roof of your car so it wouldn’t melt on your way back to your old neighborhood???

  3. Really the seasons are no more like before…thanks for the beautiful and nostalgic words…

  4. Only reason Shane could come up with about not using the first snow was “because the first one clears all the pollution out”. ? Wise words they are.

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