This week, Flossie had the opportunity to play in the snow – that isn’t as common in eastern North Carolina as it is in some other places (where most of the winter fairies live). While Flossie enjoyed watching the snowflakes come down and frolicking in the accumulation of snow on the ground and in the bushes, she began to think about how much harder it would have been for people (and fairies) to get around in the snow back in the 1700s-1800s.
Some of the ways that harsh winter weather would have made life harder in the past would be the difficulty in keeping warm at home or while traveling, difficulty in finding food to eat, and the slowing of transportation by rivers and creeks, as well as by road. There is an interesting article on the Colonial Williamsburg website to read at http://www.history.org/foundation/journal/winter09/cold.cfm. Can you imagine trying to write a letter and the ink is frozen, keeping you from writing? Or, trying to take a bath, and your wash basin water is frozen right inside your house! Unfortunately, lots of people died in early settlements due to harsh winter conditions.
We should be thankful that we have better ways of staying warm and obtaining food today. However, there are some areas of the United States that have had terribly cold and snowy weather this winter –they have lost electricity and their way of heating their homes. Plus, it can be hard to get out and go to the grocery store to get food or go to work to make money for your family. Snow can actually make life hard for people even today.
Flossie says to stay warm………and if you want to share a photo of you playing in the snow, please tag us @HistBathSiteNC using #WinterFunWithFlossie.