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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What Makes Vermonters Hearty

I have to draw the line at some point during the year where snow becomes unacceptable.  Today seems well past that point.

Here we are in the last few days of April, and the Green Mountain State has been gripped by a snowstorm that would make this past winter envious and us working, commuting, and shoveling adults cry.  Don't worry... the kids also got to cry today.  School wasn't canceled.  They don't cancel school around here unless there is three feet of ice, the bus won't start, or there is no electricity.  You're talking about the state that had one room school houses until the seventies when the federal government required that all public schools have running water.  We raise hearty kids in Vermont.... 

This is the actual school that Shawn's grandmother went to; a little, red, one roomed schoolhouse.   It was a mile downhill from the farmhouse she called home.  Her, along with her brothers and sisters, used to walk to and from school no matter the season.  It was uphill at least one way too.  Everyday the dozen or so other farmer's children that attended the school each brought a portion of lunch.  Some brought bread, others brought stew, or a share of venison from the latest successful hunt.  Shawn's grandmother and her siblings often brought a giant pot of potatoes.  The pot was so large that she and her sister each had to hold a handle and carry it down the hill together, trying hard not to go faster than the other or trip and spill the pot!  Those were different times and those times did produce some hearty Vermonters.  Shawn's grandmother and her stories have passed on years ago, but every time I drive past this school I think of her and wish that I had listened just a little more. 


thedomesticfringe said...

Generations past were certainly heartier!

Your photos are beautiful. I hope it warms up for you soon. We had ice here in upstate NY this week...not fun for April.

Followed your link on the Pioneer Woman.

The Clan Piccini said...

We're getting snow here in Colorado today, too.... but nothing like what you got (at least not yet!). I used to laugh at the "I had to walk to school uphill both ways" stories, until I actually thought about it, totally possible, and probable!

Such beautiful pictures!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS! I can't believe you still have snow!

Magimom said...

Beautiful photos! I'm envious of the subject material, however not the temps that go along with it! Just popping by from SITS! Happy Friday :)

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