Thursday, January 27

Just the other day Peter called to me to come out on the front porch. He has been harvesting icicles and had laid them out temptingly on our bench. "Come see my Icicle Store!" he called. I was charmed, but wasn't allowed to buy one. "You'll just take it inside and it'll melt." So the icicle store has become an icicle museum. It is interesting to examine these ice stalactites when they are safely horizontal instead of vertical and in danger of putting your eye out at any minute.A common refrain of my childhood: "Ho ho ho, you'll put your eye out, kid!" I have restrained myself from saying these words to Peter in the interests of scientific discovery and icicle research.

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