Edmonton's Winter AnthologyBook - 2013
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Vancouver. After twenty years of living here, I am still not used to the unrelenting December rain and I find myself longing for the Edmonton winters that I once knew. Perhaps my time away allows me to romanticize the snow and cold but what I remember most are the blue skies, the sunny days and the mounds of white fluffy snow. I know it got very cold, and sometimes winter felt like it was way too long but, as I tell anyone who will listen, it is easier to deal with the cold if there is also sunshine. [from “Memories of Winter in Edmonton” by Esmeralda Cabral]
The bubbles made it easy to see how thick the ice was, and once it was three of four inches, it was safe for hockey. Our floppy brown rubber overshoes would mark the goals, we’d grab our hockey sticks, or just tree branches, and the game would begin . . . some kids in boots, some in hockey skates, Mum in old figure skates and my father in his speed skates. Dogs were always welcome to join the game, and a fire and hot dogs and a thermos of hot chocolate would be waiting on the shore. [from “Wild Ice” by Jan McGregor]
so cold you’d have to kick
a hole in the air just to take a piss
(as we’d say back on the farm)
[from “Maybe 40 Below” by Richard Toth]
Maybe you’ll tell me a story from when you were a girl. They didn’t call it bullying back then. They didn’t have a name for it. Maybe it was just cruelty. Maybe they used words like “hysterical” or lines like – “she’s so sensitive.” You might look up and nod and say: “nobody gets here without damage” and then you will carry on. You will be so nonchalant about this. It will neither diminish, nor underscore the damage. When you are finished your telling, I will love you again. I will be hopelessly in love with the woman who grew from that girl. [from “If It Snows” by Thomas Trofimuk]
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