I is for igloo…
When I was little, I thought it would be fun to live in an igloo. I grew up in a very snowy, very cold, very small town. Well, it was that way for half of the year at least. Or, it was always small, but it was only cold and snowy for 6-8 months. Anyhow, when I was a wee child, I used to dream about making an extravagant, or at least sturdy, home out of ice and snow, and I dreamed of leaving my warm, comfortable bedroom and moving into said icy castle.
I had this weird idea that the igloos I saw in picture books and on television were much larger on the inside than they appeared from the outside. I was convinced that they were somehow magic, and that as soon as you entered into them they stretched on and on.
Now, it is true that my imagination was pretty wild then, and instead of recognizing it as something I was just wishing could happen, I decided that anything I could imagine was, indeed, probable and most likely possible. So, every winter I would go outside, find a snow pile, and then I would start digging into it to create my snow cave and substitute igloo.
Of course, every year I would have to admit defeat when the cave never seemed to hit the point where it would magically transform into some sort of freezing mansion. I figured that it must need to hit a certain size before that happened and that I just never quite got there. Eventually I decided that it must not be able to happen anywhere but Alaska or the far, northern reaches of Canada. So I gave up.
My ridiculous imagination never really subsided. I still have it and I still go off on wild tangents and have crazy daydreams. I have hit the point, however, where I no longer believe that all of my crazy supposing could actually come to fruition. At least, I’ve hit the point where I no longer tell people that I believe those things.
However, there is a part of me that longs to live in an igloo, and that part of me imagines that if I were to visit Alaska (or the far, northern reaches of Canada), I might be able to find a snow bank and start digging, and if I were to dig long enough and create a big enough cave, it might just eventually turn into something more…