Pat Shingleton: Tracking
Snow blanketed the northeast for the weekend, reminding me of another snow related directive. Weathercasters track storms, hunters track game and civil servants are diligent to keep us on track. After a heavy rain or snow event our mom, Grandma Shirley, would insist we use the "side door" of the house for entry. It afforded us an opportunity to remove wet clothing, including scarves, hats, gloves, hoods, coats and snow pants. Her most important removable were boots, that were either saturated with water or covered with snow. This entryway gave us access to either the basement or the kitchen. Her directive still resonates, "Younz boys come in by the side door, I don't want you "tracking" snow and mud across my clean kitchen floor."