Last week, inspired by a hint of spring, I asked the Superromance readers to join me in a little contest. The goal? Guess the date on which this mountain of snow would melt away.
Significant progress indeed, but that's still a heck of a lot of frosty whiteness waiting for the sun. Which means that a whole whack of you are still in the running for the amazing prize of a bottle of Syracuse's own Dinosaur Bar B Que sauce! (Assuming I can ship it to where you live. Otherwise, you get an alternate, TBA, but equally fabulous.)
It's kind of funny (in a sad, "will it never be over?" way) that this remnant of winter is still hanging on. It's almost as if the snow is reluctant to let go - like it has become a part of us, lingering and teasing and reminding. You know. Kind of the way a really good book will never leave you.
All of us have been moved by a story at some point. It seems the ones that are most deeply entrenched are those we read in childhood, which makes sense. We're most impressionable then, most in search of models and guidance and the truth that echoes what we feel. And when we find a book that rings true to us, we never forget it.
Anne of Green Gables. Little Women. Little House on the Prairie. Mrs. Mike. Looking back on my own childhood, it's no surprise to see it was filled with stories of girls and women facing the odds, standing up for themselves, finding love and family and their own paths to happiness. How many of my life choices were guided by the lessons gleaned from those books? Impossible to tell, of course. But I do know this: I would have been a different person if not for the way those stories became part of me.
The snow will (eventually) melt, as it does every year. The water will seep into the ground, nourishing this year's crop of grass and flowers and zucchini.
Here's hoping our stories will do the same.
What stories have stayed with you? Share them with us in the comments. And if you would like to be part of the snow-mountain contest, add your guess to those on the original post. Keep watching for continued updates!