A Safety Story
Everyone was talking about it. It was even on the
radio. It was that cold. It was the coldest day anyone could remember.
It was so cold that school was cancelled, not because of the snow,
which was coming down heavily, but because the school was afraid the
oil and gas that ran the school busses might freeze. (I suppose
they were afraid we kids might freeze, too)
It was so cold, in fact, that except for
policemen and firemen and hospital workers and road crews and
electrical repairmen, almost everyone stayed home.
"Look at that snow come down!" my Dad
sighed, peering through the window. His voice brightened. "Let's
build a snowman!"
My Dad and I were almost out the door
when my mother said sternly, "And where do you think you're
"I'm going to help Dad build a
"Not dressed like that.
Haven't you noticed? It's freezing outside! You," she said,
pointing to me. "Get on an extra pair of slacks, an extra
sweater, and an extra pair of socks. And you," she said, shaking
her head at Dad. "Gloves and hats for everyone."
Nobody ever argued with my Mom. (Not and live.)
We bundled up. Then we ran outside and made the best snowman ever!
Mr. Henry, who lived next door, came over and
gave us his old top hat to put on our snowman's head. Mrs. Henry gave
us a wave through her kitchen window and shouted, "You crazy
fool. What are you doing out there without your coat?"
Mr. Henry's teeth were chattering. So were mine.
"It's freezing out here," he chattered. "I'm going
"Me, too," I said.
"Me, too," Dad shivered.
"It's the most beautiful snowman I've ever
seen," Mom told us, when we raced inside. She handed around hot
chocolate. "I do love that top hat! How nice of Mr. Henry to
bring it out to you."
"I feel like I'm on fire!" my Dad
My mother made a face. "You're lucky,"
she said. "Your ears are just a little red. Imagine what real
frostbite feels like."
You Be the
What did my father forget to do?
What did my mother do right?
here to find the answers