6 • October 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC. Overdressing for Winter

felt that traveling is a great learning experience for any- one and we especially want-

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e traveled a lot with our girls. My wife and I have always

by Gabriel A. Fraire of Healdsburg, CA ~ boots.

ed our children to experience as much travel as possible. Since our daughters, at that point in their lives, had never seen snow we decided we’d make our annual family visit East in the winter instead of

our usual summer excursion. Back East it had snowed all week and the area was nicely blanketed


the white stuff. My girls were really excited to see all the white fluffy snow. From inside the house it looked so inviting.

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“Back East it had snowed all week and the area was nicely


Fresh snow is beautiful. However, on our first day there is was extremely

cold outside. But there was to be no delay and early that first morning they insisted on going out to play.

Our relatives told us the cold is no big deal and that

all we had to do was dress in layers.

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Ok, so we got started. The under garments were topped with leggings and long sleeve t-shirts. Then pants and shirts and sweaters and sweat

shirts followed by

snow pants and hooded jack- ets. Of course, there were also scars and mittens and

When the girls were fully dressed the looked like round balls of heavily clothed mummies, or the Philsbury dough- boy in a snowsuit. When either

tried to walk they moved like zom- bies and I was tru- ly afraid if one of

the girls fell over they would need help getting up. Well, it took a good while to get them both


but they looked like they would be warm.

Before we stepped out- side I asked my


est, “Ready?” and she said,

“Daddy, I need to go potty.”

Gabriel A. Fraire has been a writer more than 45 years. He has written fiction and non-fiction books, plays, po- ems, music lyrics, and news articles. But, he writes about his children exclusively for the Upbeat Times.

“It is the mark of an 6 • October 2018 • UPBEAT TIMES, INC.

educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” “Never laugh at live dragons.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien


A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.

Beetles taste like apples, wasps like pine nuts, and worms like fried bacon.

Weird Facts & Trivia - 3

The male ostrich can roar just like a lion.

Drying fruit depletes it of 30-80% of its vitamin and antioxidant content

Blueberries will not ripen until they are picked.

In Japan, crooked teeth are considered cute and attractive.

Cherophobia is the fear of fun.

Pirates wore earrings because they believed it improved their eyesight.

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