Snow Homes

Linda pubpixFall is definitely here in Texas and winter is nipping on its heels. I’ve been busy picking up pecans from the huge tree in my backyard. I have intentions to make some luscious goodies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My tree has produced a bumper crop this year and made the squirrels very happy. They’re feverishly working to stash enough to get them through the winter.

 

It’s supposed to snow here today but I doubt we’ll get much. It’s too early. Local weathermen have predicted a lot for us this winter though.

 

I’m reminded about the practice up north before school buses when kids had to walk many miles to school. Parents would designate a snow home along the route. It was a safe place where other families would give the child refuge in case the snow made it impossible for them to get home.

 

It was a great practice and showed the deep bond that existed between families in the community. It was kinda like the concept that it takes a village to raise a child.

 

The Snow Home was warm and always welcoming. The family would feed the boy or girl and give them a place to sleep. Come morning, they’d make sure the child got back to school.

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Ten years when I was adrift and didn’t know where to turn, a very dear friend told me to think of her house as my snow home. No matter what, I’d always be welcome there. I still remember the feeling of gratitude and of having to turn away so she wouldn’t see my tears.

 

I’m sure children who had to take refuge in their snow home felt the same way. Having a place to go saved many from dying in the cold.

 

My heart breaks for the homeless who have nothing or no one. It’s so sad.

 

My wish is for everyone to always have a snow home, either a buffer from the frigid temps or from life.

 

Christmas boot ornamentWhen you sit down to the table on Thanksgiving next week, remember to give thanks for what you have. It might not be exactly what you want but there are a lot of people who’d give anything to be in your shoes.

 

Have you ever heard of the snow home practice? What do you think about it? Should we go back to it? Comment for a chance to win a western boot Christmas ornament!

 

FOREVER HIS TEXAS BRIDE will release on December 1st! I’ll blog about it in a few weeks.

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Linda Broday
I live in the Texas Panhandle where we love our cowboys. There's just something about a man in a Stetson that makes my heart beat faster. I'm not much of a cook but I love to do genealogy and I'm a bit of a rock hound. I'm also a NY Times & USA Today bestselling author of historical western romance. You can contact me through my website and I'd love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more. HAPPY READING!
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23 Comments

  1. I have heard of snow homes. They were s wise solution to a dangerous problem. Today there is something similar in some communities. These safe homes are found along the routes children walk to school and display signs in their windows so children know they can stop in if they feel threatened or scared. A good idea in the crazy world we live in. It must be a nice reassurance for parents who can not be there to walk their children home. Law enforcement checks out the homes and issues the signs.

    Homelessness is such a sad and shameful problem for a country who has so much. Many see the homeless population as drunken or drug using men. There are some, but about half of the homeless are women and children and families. There are teenagers living on their own on the streets trying to finish school and make a future for themselves. So many people are but a lost job away form the loss of their home or apartment.
    I have worked several events the past couple of months working with homeless veterans. It is criminal that so many who served their country find themselves with no place to go. There are camps of them to be found under bridges and in the woods. Thankfully there are some wonderful people and organizations who are working hard to find homes for these people. This with PTSD do not fit into shelters well. Others prefer not to have to put up with all the rules. I was talking with a couple of them Saturday morning. The one refused help from the local VA hospital and mentioned several times that his camp was by the third tree. We had a Stand Down (an event that brings together and makes available services for primarily the homeless veterans) in October. Those that were street homeless were given tents, backpacks, and sleeping bags. Sadly, last year many had pawned them within a week of receiving them. The weather was still a bit warm and they got tired of carrying them. Hopefully that will not happen this year. Last winter, 3 of the homeless died from exposure to the freezing weather.

    You are so right. We should all be most thankful for what we have. Supporting organizations that help out would be a nice way to show it. I know several people that always carry nonperishable foods in their car to hand out to those in need..

    1. Hi Patricia……..Thank you for coming for our chat. First of all, bless you for helping these lost people, for being out there on the front lines, of trying to make a difference. My heart aches for all the homeless. It is a shame. We live in the greatest country on earth and we should do more. My greatest fear is to one day be without a place to go. So many live on the edge.

      I haven’t heard about the safe homes for children but it’s an excellent idea. I’m so glad some communities are doing this. It’s very needful because of this crazy messed up world we live in as you pointed out. If it was implemented here, I’d definitely volunteer.

      I hope you have a wonderful day, my friend. Hugs and blessings!

  2. I have never heard of a snow home. I think it’s a great idea.

    1. Hi Janine…….Thank you for much for coming over. I’m always happy to see you. Maybe we can start a snow home campaign. I love the idea too.

      Have a great day and find joy in whatever you do!

  3. Thank you so much for giving me so new information. I did not know about a snow home before. 🙂

    1. Hi Amy C………You’re very welcome. I love finding these little morsels that interest others. They were very common in times past when kids had to walk to school. Back then everyone looked out for other’s children.

      Thanks for coming over! Good luck in the drawing!

  4. I’ve never heard about it but what a wonderful idea! Of course one would have to know their neighbors which in this day and age isn’t always true anymore and most kids seem to be bussed. I know my mom did the walking to school which was probably a mile or more. I don’t remember her saying about a snow home.

    1. Hi Catslady……..Thank you so much for coming! I’m glad I could tell you something new. I love history and never grow tired of research. I’m always finding something I’d never heard.

      Have a wonderful day!

  5. Linda, I have never heard of a “snow home”–but what a wonderful concept it is! I imagine those must have been a lot more prevalent in the states north of us that get more snow than we do in Oklahoma. Today, everyone is so “sue happy” I would be afraid to take on that responsibility for other people’s children in such a situation. I miss those old, by-gone days when everyone worked together to raise good kids.

    I do give thanks every night for what I have. My thoughts and prayers are with the homeless and the veterans who surely had a right to expect more from our country than what they’re getting, and of course, the children and elderly who have no say in their treatment or what befalls them. And of course, the animals that are neglected and abused. In the light of all the injustices of the world and the ones who are less fortunate, we certainly are very very blessed, with much to be thankful for.

    Great post today, my friend. I enjoyed learning something new!
    Cheryl

    1. Hi Cheryl………Wow, I can’t imagine that I knew something you didn’t! History is your second language. I suppose you’re right about getting sued. And the children aren’t as well-behaved as they used to be either. Could turn out to be a nightmare. I miss those days were parents could designate a snow home. Such a different world.

      I give thanks too every single day that I have a warm house, comfy bed, and food in the pantry. I hope I never take what I have for granted.

      Hugs, Filly Sister!

  6. I have never heard of snow homes. Today the world is crazy. I wish we could go back to those times. I am sure times were a lot, lot harder but it seems like there was a lot of trust and love. Times where families were families and families came first.

    Well we Praise God for everything!!

    1. Hi Mary B……..Thank you for stopping by. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post and learned something in the bargain. Yes, this is a crazy, very difficult world. I’ve often wished I could transport myself back in time to where people respected and helped each other.

      Have a wonderful afternoon!

  7. No I’ve not heard of snow homes. But I think it was a wonderful idea and I can imagine how welcome they were in time of need. I wish in this day and age we could know and respect our neighbors like they did back then. I often think about that and like you wish I could go back to that time.

    1. Hi Ingrid…….Thank you so much for coming over. It’s great to have you. I’m very glad you enjoyed my post. Yes, times back then were a lot simpler and we didn’t have all this violence and crime like we have now.

      I’ve entered you in the drawing.

  8. I have never heard of them! What a great idea. I love reading the snow stories of older days.

    1. Hi Susan P……..I’m so glad you stopped by. Thank you. And I’m very happy that I could share a bit of history with you. It amazing what we find. I love doing research. I’m always learning something new.

      Good luck in the drawing.

  9. I think snow homes are a very great idea !!! Never heard of them before, maybe my grandmother has, she use to walk miles to school and back.
    I’m glad they did that to help the children 🙂

    1. Hi Brittany…….Wow, thanks for coming over and reading about my snow homes! Great to see you. I’m sure your grandmother probably did. That system saved many children from dying in the snow and cold. Children had it pretty tough back then.

      Good luck in the drawing!

  10. Thank you for your great post, Linda. I have never heard of snow homes and back then, how wonderful that would have been on those cold, cold, days of walking in the snow. It is a different world now but I know there are still wonderful, giving people in today’s world.

    1. Hi Melanie……I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog. I love sharing these tidbits with readers. Thanks for coming by to comment.

  11. I’ve never heard of Snow Homes, but I have seen Watch Block Logo in a few windows in the neighborhood, which are safe houses for kids in case they feel in danger. At first, I thought Snow Homes were in case you got stuck in the snow or bad weather and had nowhere to go or if the bridge is out and you can’t get back across.

    1. Hi Sunnymay……Thank you so much for coming to read my post. I enjoyed your comment. Yes, that would be nice too. A snow home in case you got stuck in bad weather. A great idea.

  12. Good reminder to be thankful for what we have and stop wishing for more, more, more. I never heard of a snow home, but when I think about it, I have a dear friend who offers that to me, both literally and figuratively.

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