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Baby Carriages in the Snow

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Some years New England goes into deep freeze, other years are bombarded with inches and acres of snow.

What does a single parent do when the only mode of transportation is public and her little one rides along in their baby carriage?

First order of business is always proper preparation, many of us prepare for storms the minute we hear one is coming. But, for a creative family preparing for snow takes boxes. Yes boxes!

Forgot the sled on this years list of gifts? That's okay, save the biggest box you can find, without knowing the science behind it, trust that cardboard is the slipperiest substance against snow ever invented! Grass as well, come to think of it....

When toting a family along happily, add a tow line. Instantly a train becomes the mode of transportation to and from the children's school, the grocery store, the closest bunny hill.

One year, after traveling with jingles and boxes loaded with blankets and water bottles to school. A neighbor decided to take us sledding. The idea was exciting enough to pile in the hosts car without a thought of sleds. We all trusted that others on the hill would share their flyers and saucers, this was not the case.

So, easily enough we hit our favorite coffee shop where gigantic boxes were piled high in back. Once the box was opened we piled on and held onto each others hats, feet and hands. We flew past all those sledders who claimed they had the fasted ride, and best of all, did it all together!

Sometimes appearances can stop us from trying new and wonderful ideas that make our lives easier, happier and enjoyable. So, next time you hear of a storm brewing, take the shovel inside, remember where the kids hats and mittens were thrown and get yourself an ample supply of boxes!

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