The snow has been falling since early morning, it accumulates, slowly, successfully racing the melt. The roads are messy, gungey, not quite slippery, so Attila says.
Several cords of split wood are on the back of a delivery truck in our driveway. The wood is wet, but only on the surface. On top of the pile of wood, in the back of the truck, are three sturdy but worn skids. The skids are thrown out of the truck, to one side. The truck bed is tilted up and the wood falls out, clumsily, chunks at a time. The wood rumbles over the metal truck bed on its way out, loudly, then quietly falls to earth.
When the truck is empty it is loaded with the old green boat. The boat was a found item, no longer used because of the gaping hole in its fibreglass bottom, it shouted possibilities to Attila, who brought it home. But the boat didn’t have a chance. There never came a time when Attila was free to rescue it, never a time when Attila was free to think about floating in a boat, on a lake; the lake so near that he might have carried the boat to the shore on his back. So the boat sat there waiting, for ten long years. Then its time was up. Now it will join all the other unfixable possibilities that have ended their days at the dump.
Attila, who drove the truck with the wood in the back to the country house, will drive the same truck to the dump with the green boat in the back. He will return the truck to its owner. He will drive home in his little car, so that he can lay the skids down, and stack the wood on them.
It is a big job.
We will be warm this winter.
The snow will fall for a week or more they say. They are the weather people, the climatologists, the guessers. The winter begins here weeks before winter officially begins with the winter solstice. This year, the early winter is late in coming.
Date: 1:00 PM EST Saturday 8 November 2014
Condition: Light Snow
Pressure: 100.6 kPa
Visibility: 5 km
Wind: SSE 15 km/h
“The best index to a person’s character is
(a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and
(b) how he treats people who can’t fight back.”
Abigail van Buren