Saturday, February 6, 2010
They've sprouted again. By the end of the day yesterday --lone snow sentinels guarding their yards. Some of them so hastily erected they were not given a face. One even lacked a discernable torso. He was a pillar rising from the ground, with a round ball perched on top. Another figure was short and clumpish. Two protuberences stuck up like pleading hands, while a third knob in the middle stood in for the head. One snowman was constructed of four well-defined spheres and orange, glowing eyes. Another had been given a traditional carrot nose. Suddenly, snowmen are everywhere again. This gentle population moved in overnight. Now every block has one. Some yards even have two. It reassures me somehow, to see that some folks still consider it worth their while to build a snowman.