Frosty Gets His Melt On

Thursday, December 12, 2013 Posted by Debbie Legg

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I grew up in Chicago.  I know a bit about snow.  One thing I know is that snowman/snowball snow cannot be powdery. 

Powder is good for skiing, not for packing.  To pack well, snow has to have, what we call, a little melt on it.

This kind of snow is usually formed when the weather is just a bit below 32 degrees.  It’s heavy, wet snow.  If you pack a snowball from it and then run your glove over it a few times it gets a shine from the thin layer of ice your warm glove creates.  Those are the snowballs that HURT when they hit you.

What does this have to do with Frosty the Snowman?  Frosty was worried about melting away in the warmer temperatures.  Melting was the worst thing that could happen--it meant the end of Frosty.  It was his greatest fear.

But it was melt that allowed him to be created in the first place.  Without a little melt, Frosty would have been no more than a pile of powder.  And, it’s the melt that helped save Karen.

Just as evil Professor Hinkle was about to snatch Frosty’s magic hat, Frosty told Karen to climb on his shoulders and the two of them all but flew down the hill.  It was the melt that made Frosty “da best belly whoppa in da woild” and helped him zoom down the hill with grace and speed. 

We all have those things, those fears, that melt our hearts.  Often it’s facing those fears, allowing a little melt, that makes us stronger than we were before.

And in the end, at the last trumpet, perhaps we will all melt into a puddle as Frosty did, only to be reborn when a fresh wind, a fresh Spirit, calls us out to eternal life.

Hmmm.  I think maybe I’ll go get my melt on. 

Are you coming, too?  I promise to not blast you with an icy snowball.

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