Katie’s been at it again!

Published 7:44 pm Friday, January 25, 2013

By Dennis Edwards

There’s a little girl at my church who loves the snow. Her name is Katie, and sources close to her family tell me she’s 9 years old. Katie is a natural-born charmer with an innocence that highlights a bright mind and a sense of things believed in but not yet necessarily proven.

Secretly, I suspect, Katie probably wasn’t satisfied with our most recent flirtation with snowflakes that quickly melted in the next day’s sun. I suspect she put a recent class assignment to work again, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the snow that was predicted to be on the ground this morning has its roots in Katie’s surefire snow-producing method.

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Just for fun, her teacher asked the class to share their personal approach for making it snow. So Katie submitted her method, and in spite of my limited appreciation for frozen precipitation, at least for the kind that stays on the ground more than five minutes, I’ve decided to share her method with you. Just for fun.

But remember this is powerful stuff. So try not to do it too often without supervision.

Katie’s method involves ice cubes, a toilet and a dance while wearing pajamas inside out and backward. Ridiculous, you say! Well, take a look outside your window before reacting.

Katie takes three ice cubes and tosses them in the toilet on a cold day or night. Then comes a dance around the toilet while wearing pajamas backward and inside out. It’s not easy. I tried it. The next step is to cut out paper snowflakes and place them under her pillow (and, from what I understand, her father’s pillow, too). This is followed by a good night’s sleep.

The next day, there’s snow! So for those of wondering how the white stuff made such a quick return to Suffolk, I may have a non-meteorological explanation. I think Katie’s been into the ice tray again and had herself a spirited dance around the most important place in the bathroom, with her pajamas backward and inside out.

Dennis Edwards is an Emmy Award-winning television news reporter and anchor. He is a 1974 graduate of Suffolk High School. Email him at dedwards247@comcast.net.