The bus stop seemed so far away
On those bleak, wintry days so cold
As we made the trek to get to school
Watching yet another storm unfold

Kentucky weather was harsh at times
In an area where most folks were poor
I still remember how good and warm it felt
To finally get inside the school door

Sometimes the boys had old galoshes
We girls doubled up on socks with holes
Wearing our dresses all year round
Left spindly legs exposed to the cold

Windburn and frostbite were prevalent
But we had to take it in our stride
Being grateful to only have a mile to walk
'Cause after that we had a bus to ride

Oftentimes, the bus was overdue
When the road was all glazed with ice
Running in place; blowing on our hands
We had no shelter and had to survive

How we dreaded to get off that bus
After school had let out for the day
Knowing we faced that long, cold walk
We still played snowballs along the way

We knew that Mother would be waiting
All filled with worry 'til we came in sight
Then she would serve up mugs of hot cocoa
While the fireplace glowed hot and bright

In retrospect, I guess it wasn't so bad
It made us stronger after we were grown
I still recall dreading that morning walk
Then being pampered after a cold walk home

Kathleen McCoy EldridgeŠ
September 14, 2007
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Snow Applet courtesy of:
Miroslava Lalic Krunic and Miodrag Krunic

Music: "Back Home Again"

Sequenced By : Frank (Grandpa) Schober
Used With Permission

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