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A Rare North Texas Snowfall...*STORY #900!* :)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Friday, February 20, 2004

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A boy living in North Texas relates of the recent snowfall they had on February 14, 2004, the most snow the area has had in 25 years.

Hello there! My name is Brandt Pearson, and I am going to be 16 in a few weeks. I live in Fort Worth, Texas, with my family.

I am not going to write about my family, though (I already have done so, and various family members have written about themselves in earlier tales); instead, I am going to write about a snowfall we had here in Texas. We had 4" of snow here in Fort Worth, the most the area has had in 25 years. It started later on Friday, February 13, 2004, innocently enough; just a bit of light sleet and snow, just to get people's hopes up; and by morning on Saturday, February 14, 2004--Valentine's Day--, it started coming in fast and furious; and at times it was snowing so heavily it was falling as much as an INCH an HOUR. It was really coming down in fat, white flakes; and it soon looked like a picture postcard or a scene you would see on a Christmas card. It was really pretty, and quite mesmarizing, to say the very least. When I saw the snow, it literally took my breath away; I had NEVER seen anything quite like it (except only in pictures or on television, like on the Weather Channel). Snow was a relatively rare event here in North Texas.

I woke up mom and dad, and the kids; and they were all excited as I was; it wasn't long before mom and dad bundled up all of us kids; and soon we went outside. Now, Miracle, Jourdan, Henry, and Linn didn't quite know what to make of the snow; but Saph, Ash, Hanh, Jamar, Hayleigh, and Malik had a ball. They were soon flinging snow at each other, and Saph and Ash were then helping Hanh, Jamar, Hayleigh and Malik build a snowman. They were all laughing, and Miracle soon joined them; the snow tickled her face and her eyelashes; and soon, she was laughing in her silent way. Her mouth was wide open in a drooly, but toothy smile; and her eyes were sparkling with joy and excitement. She started squeaking and laughing, and it made a smile come to my face; she has such a cute laugh one can help BUT to smile whenever they hear her! (Miracle can't talk; she has severe cerebral palsy and brain damage. She also can't walk and is in a wheelchair. Her brother Malik has CP, too, but he isn't as severely affected as his twin sister. He was running around on his crutches and soon fell on his hind end; he lay there, laughing his head off. Mom went over to him, helped him up back onto his feet, handed him his crutches, dusted his backside off, and told him to be careful; but Malik couldn't answer; he was laughing too hard.)

Soon, the kids got involved in a major, rock'em, sock'em snowball fight. Even mom and dad got into it; and soon, snow was flying through the air. It was really a fine time, and we were all having a ball. We had never had snow like this in Texas, and it was a rare treat to be a part of it. The neighbors were out in full force by daylight, and soon, snowmen of all sizes and shapes stood in yards like white sentinels (there were even snowwomen, snow PETS, and snow FAMILIES, just to make things interesting!). Kids were sliding around on the snow on sleds, on pieces of plastic, old tires, or lids from storage containers, and it was fun to watch them enjoying the weather. Adults were even acting like kids; and my mom and dad were especially acting kidlike. Mom took a whole handful of snow and put it down dad's jacket; dad hollored like he was being killed, and soon, he was chasing mom around the yard, carrying a snowshovel full of snow, where he then dumped it on her. She squealed like a little girl.

But the snow wasn't to last: by evening, a good portion of it had melted, leaving the yard a soppy, muddy mess; and soon, our snow frolic was over. But it was fun while it lasted, and mom and dad even took pictures of the people having fun in the snow; and they took pictures of us, too. So at least we will have memories of that Valentine's snowfall, and at least we will have something to tell our grandparents and our cousins in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan, places where snowfall is commonplace; and we can tell them that "Yes, it DOES snow in Texas ONCE in a while!" :)

~Brandt Pearson, aged 15 1/2.

Written as an Assignment for English 10, on Friday, February 20, 2004.

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Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/21/2004
What a great story to reach your milestone of 900....congratz Karen!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster 2/21/2004
Wonderful story and congrats on your milestone. May there be many more.
Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang 2/20/2004
Congrats on Story #900!
What an Accomplishment!
May you have 1,000 more!
Wasn't the snowfall fun?
We got 5 inches in Roanoke,Texas!
Love you! Becca
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/20/2004
Good story Karen, the little boy can have all of our snow. I've had enough. Hopefully it won't snow anymore. love and cheers G
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/20/2004
When I was staying with a friend of mine in CA, we took his kids to the mountains to enjoy the snow. We all had such a riot with snowball fights and hot chocolate. Wonderful story and congrats on this being your 900th one! that is quite an accomplishment.
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 2/20/2004
Excellent write, wow stoy number 900 I hope we read 900 more and 900 after that and so on and so forth...
God Bless
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/20/2004

you capture the excitement of a rarity here in north central texas--a snowfall

great write, and may we see 900 more :) (the rate you're going, that won't be long LOL)


(((((HUGS))))) and love, karla. :)

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