School children have longed for the first snow. They came home from school the other evening shouting because occasional flakes were falling. It was as if a kind snow man had waited for these country kids to get home before he began to send the snow down in earnest. At the first peep of a gray dawn, heads peered out windows to see if the ground was really white. With a whoop and a bounce the household was awake and dressed and outdoors. The whole land-scape was white. Every weed, every branch, un-sightly tin cans – all were blanketed in beauty and silence. It seemed a shame to mar that beauty and destroy that silence. But that was why the children were up and out. They rolled in the snow, they tossed snowballs and they commenced a snow man. All this was done before breakfast was ready.
The cat whined and picked her way through the snow, carefully. The ducks took a turn through the air. One would think they might not come back but they always have. The hired man says it is a sign one is getting old, if he does not enjoy the first snow.
Teachers and parents of rural school children may be relieved that there was no parade in town Saturday. But every rural school child shares the disappointment of the Editor of The Gazette, that the parade was not to be. “Mother, will you read that!” exclaimed a grade school miss in high disgust as she handed a note from the teacher. The note stated the postponement of the parade.
Now if there is anything more enjoyable than seeing a parade, it is being a part of one. We do have a fine group of children in rural Lyon county. It is too bad that the kids could not have the parade. Yet children out 15 or 20 miles are dependent on their parents for transportation. And if floats are to be in the parade, the ingenuity of teacher and parents and older brothers and sisters must be called on. Every child is willing and ready for a parade today or any time. Their time budget is crowded. Praise be for that. Oldsters are enmeshed in activities that almost bog them down.
It is hoped that a rural school parade can be arranged before long.