Too Many Runs Down a Snow-Covered Hill

My mother taught me to play fair, be honest, treat people the way you want to be treated and say please and thank you. She forgot to teach me life is sometimes unfair, individuals can be dishonest, people will crap on you, and don’t expect a please and thank you from others.

As an undergraduate of a small, all-woman’s, upstate NY college called, Russell Sage College, I remember my dorm buddies telling me, “Lucie, you need to close and lock your door when you’re out of your room and tooling around. You’re gonna get ripped off some day and someone is going to steal your TV or stereo system. Lock your door, ya damn fool. This ain’t the country, Girl!”


I never did understand how someone could take something that didn’t belong to them and claim it as their own. Never made sense to me. I worked for it. I earned it with my hard-earned money. My logic said that if you wanted a portable TV or a stereo system; go out and get a job and earn it.

I was clueless.

Still am to some degree.

I was an education major in my undergraduate days. My friends were at Sage for nursing and physical therapy, so we didn’t see much of each other in our classes throughout the day. Evening meals were special because we’d gather in the cafeteria and swap sundry stories about our eventful days and express our various displeasure with the over-demanding instructors and talk about everything and anything important to young women of our time.

We studied hard, laughed often and shared our hopes and dreams of a promising future. On those rare occasions we got a snow storm and the urge to get silly in the snow, my friends would devise a plan to steal the food trays from the cafeteria to use for sleds. And off we’d go with our contraband and head for the snow-covered hills surrounding the school’s historic brownstone buildings for an evening of sledding and snow-angels.

Being the hell-raiser and prankster that I was, of course I was involved in the whole sordid scenario and was racked with guilt because we were doing something dishonest; something totally against what momma taught me.

“Relax,” Jonesy said, “and walk through the line real casual-like. I’ll put a tray down the back-side of your sweats and nobody will notice. I’ll walk real close to you. Just make sure you don’t walk funny, for Pete’s sake, or we’re all gonna end up in front of J-Board and put on probation.”


It wasn’t until years later that I realized my special walk stayed with me well into my high-heeled, corporate days at San Francisco’s Bank of America. Nader, one of my co-workers and buddies, teasingly commented one day, “Benedetti, you need to learn to sashay like the other girls. You walk like you’ve got something stuck up your butt!”

And just in case I didn’t get what he was trying to tell me, he proceeded to imitate what I looked like when I walked; and what Sylvia, the office flirt, looked like when she walked.

Sylvia never walked around with a food tray in her pants.  I, however, was a master. Apparently, I was so proficient in the skill that it came second nature to me.

Served me right. I should have never taken that food tray. It was dishonest, and it was wrong. And I ended up with a funny walk that stayed with me well after my corporate days.

I did have a hell-u-va good time sledding that night, though. Laughed and had a blast until the tray cracked with one too many runs down the snow-covered hill.

We never did get caught stealing the trays that winter. Or at least the cafeteria lady never ratted on us. I always felt she knew what we were doing, but saw no harm in it, ‘cuz more often than not, we returned them, slightly battered and used, but still good for their original purpose.

I’m 61 years old and still can’t sashay like the other girls.  And on those occasions when I’m at a salad bar and spot a food tray, I find myself smiling with fond memories of a time when I remember how important it was to be honest and fair and treat people kindly and courteously.

As we go forward into the next four years of this country’s new administration, may we all be honest, kind, courteous and fair.

And lovingly remind those among us who aren’t, they need to be…

In the meantime, I’ll catch ya the next time, looking at life from my shoes.



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I'm a retired special ed teacher, born in upstate NY, who spent most of my adult life in the SF/Bay Area and moved to the Olympic Peninsula of WA in June of 2017. At the encouragement of family and friends, who followed my silliness on my FB page, I started this blog a few years ago. I try to keep my topics as humorous as possible (because I believe "LIFE" is pretty serious these days), but will, on occasion write about more solemn subjects. I sincerely appreciate all who take the time and effort to read and make comments and am truly humbled when people actually "like" what I write. I do not participate in the "Wordpress awards" because I feel "awarded" when individuals actually read me and comment, but sincerely appreciate all of you who have considered me "award worthy" and thank you from the bottom of my heart. Hugs, Lucie

15 thoughts on “Too Many Runs Down a Snow-Covered Hill”

  1. I do so love this piece, Lucie. It’s filled with one funny visual after another and contains a true and powerful message. I tried to sashay once in college when I walked by a table in a crowded cafeteria where a guy I liked was sitting. My sashaying, errant left hip banged into the table and knocked his drink over.

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  2. Hi Lucie
    That will teach you to go nicking the cafeteria trays, see what happens when you commit a crime….you end up walkin’ like ya have somethin’ stuck up your Ass!!! for the rest of your days mate…..Hahahahaha!!!!!
    You crack me up, pardon the pun…
    Me thinks you had a pretty cool cafeteria lady, not rattin’ on you and your cafe tray sledding mates..
    Your funny and I luvs ya!!
    Off to sashay classes for you Benedetti hehehehe!!!!
    Love and hugs from
    Annie in Australia 🌞 🌴 🌊

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    1. I know, huh???? Serves me right! I shoulda never taken those trays! now I’m permanently stuck with a walk that looks like I’ve got something stuck up me arse!!! Oh well, like my Aunt Molly always says,” What’cha gonna do?” Thanks for stopping by, Buddy! Luvs you too, mate! ❤


    1. Me, too, Beth. I now am in sneakers most days and it’s ok by me. And thanks for the support….I hope my “message” is taken to heart by those among us who especially need to hear it….


  3. You were probably better off without the sashay. So funny–in my college days, kids stole the caf trays too! I have little doubt that the cafeteria staff had to know about it. I never did it. Too scared, I suppose, to try.

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    1. I know, hun? I don’t have the hips for a sashay, anyway…we did have fun, though. I remember the lights from our dorm shining on the snow-covered hill….good times…..

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  4. Ah, yes. Sledding with the cafeteria trays. I went to a boarding school, and we never had a snow day the way the public schools did. However, we had a marvelous hill behind the building and the teachers would let us out of class a little early so we could go sledding. Grab some trays from the dining room, and away we’d go! Mind you, we didn’t have to steal them, because the staff would be using them, too.

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