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The New York City Blizzard

All this freezing cold weather in Florida right now has made me remember the year 1963. I was only five years old. Why do I remember this particular snowstorm? Well, it was because it was the first big snowstorm of my life and there was so much snow and I was so little. My dad worked as an editor for the Latvian newspaper “Laiks” or “Times” in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York. We lived just a couple of blocks away from the newspaper office so dad went to work in that storm. He figured since others couldn’t make it to work he could hold down the fort.

At home, mom was anxiously looking out because she was worried about this storm. There were mountains of snow. Finally, the snow stopped and the snow shoveling machines did their job. Of course, it would take some time to clear all of the streets. I just had to get out there to see it all. Well, mom wasn’t about to take little me out there to walk along the street with walls of snow piled up on either side of the street.

When she saw that she couldn’t get me to calm down she got my snowsuit on and off we went. As best I can tell you the top of my mom’s head came to the top of the snow wall. I was way down there and the snow walls seemed threatening. My mom was so scared that they might collapse and bury me. Well, we had our walk, it all worked out just fine and mom could heave a sigh of relief when we got back home and dad came home from work.

The photo is one I found through Google about what a big snowfall in New York looks like

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