I ran across an old scrapbook from 1957/1958 today. I was in eighth grade that year, and must have had ambitions to be a fashion designer or or a writer. The scrapbook was filled with sketches of ballgowns that I described in glowing terms: "A billowy white satin sailor design floor lenght(sic) evening dress with blue velvet trimming." Another was a mermaid one-shoulder dress described as "A lovely lime-hued evening dress with a mermaid skirt and Grecian inspired bodice. In crepe threaded with gold." But the pièce de résistance was "A most fabulous creation. Pink satin evening dress with pinafore-style top and gathered skirt with hand embroidery on white satin." Since I can't remember ever being particularly interested in fashion, and absolutely loathed wearing pink , or satin, for that matter I found this discovery most interesting. I do remember wanting to be an artist, but that was probably because my brother was an artist and had won a scholarship to art school. Looking at my sketches now, I see that artistic talent did not run in the family. Several years later, one of my high school art teachers told me as much. It crushed me!
What I was a little better at, evidently, was studying and writing. The scrapbook contained report cards, ribbons won at poetry festivals, penmanship certificates, a newspaper clipping showing me smiling out from a group of oratorical contest finalists. I had made a note in the margin that I had finished second.Also included in the memories was a letter from the Birmingham News congratulating me on winning an honorable mention in the newspaper's creative writing contest.
Now we have snow at least once every year. In fact there are predictions that we may get some flurries the day after tomorrow. I hope we don't get anything more than flurries because as nice as snow is to look at, it creates havoc down here. Now we do have snow on a fairly regular basis, I've gotten cranky in my old age and can't think of anything poetic to say about it. Here is a collage of snow pics from 2011 to 2015.