Monday, July 17, 2017

Week Five of Renovations...

The wall board and mudding compound went up last week and today the walls were sprayed with a light coating before primer and then paint will be applied. The coating reminds me a bit of the white floaty stuff in a child's snow globe. How many of you had one of those?

A neighbor in our first multi-family apartment building dropped one down the stairs as I was sitting on the steps. It landed at my feet. The crack in the plastic globe notwithstanding, the snow was still visible and intact and I wondered what real snow was like. As a four-year-old growing up in the tropics, I had no frame of reference and other than snow men sometimes found at Christmas, no clue what to do with it. It would be another ten years before I would encounter the real thing, first on a South American mountain top from the safety of a plane, and then on a visit to Norway on the first leg of a European trip.

Isn't it odd how memories can come bubbling to the surface from the most mundane occurrences?

Until Next Time...

13 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Snow globes and Christmas cards were my first experiences of snow. Completely alien. Magical. Mysterious. And some of those feelings are still there.
I find scents are my biggest memory triggers (both good and bad).
I hope the end is in sight for the renovations now.
Hugs.

HBF said...

Some simple moments can be loaded with probing triggers!

Martha said...

I have spent my entire life dealing with snow during the winter. I loved it as a child. As an adult? Not so much :)
Nice to see that your renovations are coming along nicely!

e said...

Thank you and hugs to you. Scents have also triggered memories for me. So interesting the way the mind works.

e said...

Indeed so. Best to you, Hannah!

e said...

We are five weeks in and painting tomorrow! I have never lived in snow, just visited. I can see where it could get old. Have a good week.

jenny_o said...

I still love snow globes even as an adult; so does our daughter (who is also an adult now). I can understand how you would wonder about real snow since you hadn't yet experienced it. And - yes, the memories that get triggered, sometimes in bizarre ways! I'm glad things are progressing with the reno.

Wisewebwoman said...

I love how the door opens to memories long buried. Traversing into another world for a few minutes. Until my move to Canada snow was exotic to me. We got the odd flake in Southern Ireland but nothing stuck.

Yippee on the renos.

XO
WWE

A Cuban In London said...

Indeed. Anything can trigger off memories. :-)

Greetings from London.

Shaheen said...

For me its often smells that trigger memories, you now have me thinking about my first memory of snow!

Steve Reed said...

It IS interesting what sets off our memories. I had snow globes but didn't see much of the real thing, growing up in Florida! It snowed in Tampa in 1977 and I remember it vividly.

37paddington said...

I am glad that snow globe landed at your feet and not a few inches over. I remember vividly the first time i saw snow. i'd moved to new york city for college, and was 18 years old. i remember being fascinated that it glistened, like embedded diamonds. and then by the next day car exhaust mixed with it and it grew gray and slushy. but new snow is still a hushed and beautiful thing.

Live and Learn said...

I grew up with snow, but my kids didn't in their early years. My son saw his first snow around 7 years old and spent a long time outside with a magnifying glass to see if all snowflakes really have six sides. I don't know if he remembers that, but it is a good mother memory.