by Dr. Gord Wrinklesides from the Threadville Mysteries by Janet Bolin
I’ve heard a lot of complaints about this winter. Here in northern Pennsylvania as well as in large portions of the rest of the country, winter was too long, too snowy, too dark, too cold...
But it was a real winter, like the winters of my boyhood, when I spent hours sliding in the snow, skating on the ice, building snowmen and snow forts, and engaging in long snowball fights with friends.
We didn’t stop until we were wet, cold, hungry, and someone called us in for dinner.
We shucked the wet clothes and were fussed over and given warm dinner and warm drinks.
I never wanted winter to end. And I discovered that after everyone else believed it had, we often got another storm, often close to St. Patrick’s Day. Many years, I annoy folks by predicting we’ll have a St. Patrick’s Day blizzard. And we often do, though maybe it’s a few days early or even a few days late. This year, it was early. Well, we think it was, but maybe another storm is on its way.
Don’t tell my doctor, but I still like shoveling. Don’t worry. I take it easy. But handling that beautiful white stuff kind of takes me back to the joys of being young, when snow was like a huge set of toys being delivered to all the yards and playgrounds in my neighborhood.
And I’m not too old to build a snowman now and then, either...
Don’t get me wrong. I love spring, and I look forward to it. I like it best when it takes its time developing, and each day is another gem of budding, new life. I enjoy each day of summer and each day of fall, too.
And I make the best of winter, but I don’t expect it to end until after the leprechaun sings.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day.
Janet Bolin’s fourth Threadville Mystery, NIGHT OF THE LIVING THREAD, features a Halloween crafts fair, a convention of zombies, and a killer wedding gown... It will be on shelves on June 3, 2014. Pre-order it from these booksellers.
Read the first chapter here.
The first Threadville Mystery, DIRE THREADS, was nominated for both an Agatha Award for Best First novel and for the 2012 Bony Blithe Award.
The second in the series, THREADED FOR TROUBLE, was nominated for the 2013 Bony Blithe Award.
The third Threadville Mystery, THREAD AND BURIED, was a National Bestseller.
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