An Avalanche Needs Snow

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I went for undergrad training at a college in the upper part of Wisconsin. Every year, this region of the US is an area that gets snow. Lots of snow. No, I mean LOTS of snow. Other areas speak of 3-4″, but in the Upper Midwest their references are 5-6′ and anything less is, well, just not much of a winter, eh?

During my first winter, I was introduced to a wonderful machine made by Toro called a snowblower. However, I had already heard about this incredible machine’s ability from some of my classmates who were from that part of the country. When we would be given an assignment, some of them would mutter to me, “Time to Toro the Teacher.” I learned quickly that what they meant was use your writing skills to throw as much “literary snow” at the teacher as you can. Because “enough should stick to give you a decent grade.”

An interesting thing about lots of snow, particularly in mountainous regions, is that it has the ability to make for nice winter sports. You can go snowmobiling or skiing or even ice skating on a frozen pond. “Anybody want to build a snowman?” Sorry, I have two girls and I digressed for a moment. LOL

When you have lots of snow though, there is the danger of what are called avalanches. An avalanche is when some kind of trigger (movement, sound waves, etc.) breaks the snow pack and it begins to slide down the mountain. It moves rapidly and tends to engulf anything in its path. Every year, avalanches take the lives of people. They are dangerous.

Now, all of that to say, that you cannot have an avalanche if you do not have snow. You cannot hope to get a passing grade if you do not produce some snow for the teacher. Some days you may do a lot of Toro work and have little to show for it at the end of the day. At other times, you may start to shovel the snow onto your paper and you will have the makings of a masterpiece. However, whether it is only a little bit of snow that falls or a massive amount of snow, you need something in order to use the Toro. And, when your snow pack fills that first mountainous page, you will find that it may well have started an avalanche of words that spill over into two pages, then three, and then an entire chapter.

But, you must remember – An Avalanche Needs Snow!


Quote HT: Nancy Haddock


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