Pat Shingleton: "Ramses and Longview Drive..."
During his 67-year reign in the 12th century B.C.E., Ramses negotiated one of history’s first peace and mutual aid treaties with King Nebuchadnezzar and the Hittite kingdom. Part of the deal was Ramses marriage to Neb’s eldest daughter, Matnefrure. Mat couldn’t travel to Egypt alone and an escort was needed. The weather between the Hittite kingdom, in the Near East, and Egypt was often stormy during the winter season. To protect the escort from inclement weather, Ramses called upon Seth, the Egyptian god of wind and storms, to hold back the winter rains. The escort was safely able to deliver the Hittite princess to the pharaoh and upon delivery, the beautiful princess become numero uno of Ramses’ 200 wives. During my younger days Mom Nature would send us a needed snowstorm. "Needed" because Christmas often meant one of the neighborhood kids getting a sled or an aluminum "saucer" sled. Once we fulfilled the directive of clearing walks and driveways, it was sled-riding time. Windover Avenue was the starting point of the sledding trail, taking us over Longview Drive, across Aunt Mae's front yard, to the woods below. By sanding the rust from the rails of your Radio Flyer from the previous winter, the trip was slicker. An additional coating of paraffin slicked the skids even more. The ride down was exhilarating however going back was quite a task, especially when Mom had us bundled so much we couldn't move. At the bottom was a bonfire with apples and potatoes, wrapped in foil and tucked into the coals.
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