Our first blog was intended to be an introduction to Dark Corner Coffee and I promise we will do that properly very soon! However, with the weather events of the last few days I was reminded of a few idiosyncrasies regarding snow in the South! As our company name depicts our roots are found in Dark Corner SC which rests at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Yes we have mountains, but no not much snow!
As I watched the weather reports of snow piling up, I was reminded of how as children we hoped and prayed for snow! If the forecast promised snow we watched out the window for hours on end and usually had to leave our vigil due to darkness. It always seemed snow fell at night and not during the day. Of course there are sound scientific reasons for snow at night but as a child it just seemed to be a cruel joke. On a snow day we raced to the window to see how much snow had fallen during the night. I was always entranced by the stillness and quiet of the snow on the ground. So peaceful! Likely the amount was miniscule but it was snow and had to be enjoyed!
Now about those Sunbeam snow boots…. Most kids in our area did not own real snow boots. Why should we? It snowed once or twice a year and most of the time the amount was negligible. Dark Corner parents were the original recyclers and had an answer for most any problem. No snow boots, no problem! My mother kept rubber bands from newspapers, plastic tubs from margarine, aluminum foil, plastic bags, coffee cans, etc. With such an array of recycled goods snow boots were easily constructed. Our snow boots were created from the wrapping sleeves of sandwich bread such as Sunbeam and rubber bands. Basically you pulled the bread wrapper up over your shoes to your calves or knees and secured them with a rubber band. Viola, Sunbeam snow boots! If the rubber bands were faulty masking tape was a suitable substitute for holding the boots in place. As you can imagine the durability of these snow boots was a bit lacking and the answer was to put two or three wrappers on and then peel off the damaged ones as required. We did not need the boots to last long as the snow was usually gone within hours or at most a day or so.
Lastly, regardless of what people tell you it is possible to build a snowman with only three inches of snow on the ground. The completed snowman usually had a hue of red clay but to us he was “Frosty!” The beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder! So go make some snow boots and enjoy the snow! Come back later in the week and I will tell you more about Dark Corner. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your cup of coffee with you!