From my book "A Belfast Kid", this is a memory of the "big snow" of 1963
There was meaning in the crunch and slosh of snow underfoot,
a particular remembrance of a deep white winter
when this ten-year-old boy witnessed a wow of excitement,
unable to see paths, gardens, roads where they were before
overnight layers of flakes buried the whole neighbourhood,
adults complaining things were bad, kids seeing only good.
Cold hands, frozen toes, risks of chilblains, all part of the game
in this brilliant-white landscape, a brand new playground to explore -
snowball fights, falling over, stamping footprint patterns, enjoying
a pure sense of fun as if there would never be anymore.
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