Lifeguard in the Snow

…for my husband and I, this is our first winter on the East Coast of Canada with two young children. As the first real snow of the season fell this past Sunday morning, I realized that my in the wintertime my craft skills put me in a comparable position to an off-duty lifeguard at the beach. Might sound strange at first, but give me a minute!

As our young children – 3 and 7 years old – rolled around in the snow and slid head first down snow banks, I felt an urgent need – no A CALL – to make them warmer, wider, thicker scarves and hats. I felt that I HAD to – to protect them. If I didn’t know how to knit, I would likely have headed up to the mall and picked them up a fleece set at the children’s store (their Vancouver Island ‘winter’ hats were simply no match for this weather), but I couldn’t – I KNOW HOW to make something that is BETTER, can protect their little faces from frost-bite BETTER then anything at the store. It’s my responsibility to save them IMMEDIATELY – well, their skin at least! (Forgive me, I have always had a bit of a flare for the dramatic, but please trust me that the responsibility I felt to begin knitting immediately was very real.)

So you see, just like the off-duty lifeguard who was just trying to enjoy a lazy day at the beach but was compelled to help a swimmer in distress, I was simply looking to enjoy the magic of this first snow fall when duty called! I have the skills – so – like my grandmother and mother before me – knit I shall…

Lifeguard in the snow

Published by Danielle Hogan

Visual artist, writer, curator, educator

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