Dad returns to his reading.
“Gosh, what just happened to mom’s cake?” The son calls out. “It just got a huge hole right in the middle!”
Dad closes his book. He realizes he has to do something quick.
“How many times did you open the oven door?” he says.
“Just a few times. I swear I didn’t touch the cake.”
“Grab your gloves out of the oven and let’s go,” Dad says. He buttons his coat on the way out. Suddenly sledding seemed a good idea.
Building a snowman is an exercise in strategy. Parents help roll the huge ball of snow, then the medium-sized one, and then the snowman’s smaller head when the kid is young. It’s always a surprise when the kids take over. They may allow their parents to watch.
Children’s snowmen take on their own personalities. Children know they have been known to talk. At the end of the next day, a snowman may say to his friend, “I’m not melting, am I?”
“I don’t know,” the other answers. “But your bowler hat is covering your eyes. You should have known drinking a cup of hot chocolate is a no-no for a snowman.”
Shirley Ramsey, a retired professor of journalism, lives in Norman.
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