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The Coldest Day

 


 

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 going?"

"I'm going to help Dad build a snowman," I answered. 

"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 in."

"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 gulped.

My mother made a face. "You're lucky," she said. "Your ears are just a little red. Imagine what real frostbite feels like."

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