Having been raised in Cleveland, I can attest to harsh winters that cause people to move south. I recall just one winter growing up when school was canceled, unlike in Kentucky where snow days are frequent due to impassable country roads and a lack of snowplows. Thirty inches of snow fell that particular day, shutting down all of Cleveland. Essentials like milk and bread were delivered to the main roads via sleds. We were fortunate to be within a block of one of the emergency routes. Dad took advantage of the situation and built a Dutch snowman taller than him. He carved a Dutch cap on its head, a traditional short-waist vest on its body, and gave it two legs and pointed-toed wooden shoes. It was a masterpiece and a beautiful memory of that severe winter.

Excerpt from “Wandering Woman” by Pat Griffin

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