Sunday, December 27, 2009

I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight...

The Husband and I were shoveling snow in the dark last night when we heard the rumbling.  I looked up to see a small headlight half a block away on the sidewalk.  Like a train in the distance, it came rolling through the night kicking up puffs of snow and steam.  To get out of its way, the Husband and I climbed to the top of the snow pile we'd just shoveled off our sidewalk.

As it neared, we could make out the outline of an old man perched atop a riding lawn mower with a snow blower attachment mounted on the front.  He and his machine roared past us.  He waved and cackled with glee as insanely happy as Slim Pickens riding a nuclear bomb.

He turned the corner and continued around the block.  I couldn't help but smile.
I imagined his children and grandchildren gathered in his driveway back home waiting for him to come back... with his new Christmas present.

"Where'd Grandpa go?  Is he coming back?"

9 comments:

Nikia, May and da kids said...

Sounds like someone knows how to enjoy the snow = )

May

St Jude said...

You're never too old to have fun in the snow.

Dani said...

New toys are the best

Thumper said...

I wonder how much alcohol was involved....

Mrs. Who said...

It makes me think of this song, about a wife trying to keep her husband from going out drinking:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGfgIQfpbWI

There's a line in it: Well she might've took my car keys
But she forgot about my old John Deere.

Richmond said...

Love it!

vw bug said...

I could so see my dad doing that.

Cellar Door said...

That's really cool.

Lemon Stand said...

LOVE.IT.!