Thursday, February 11, 2010
Living in The South, we don't get a lot of snow, and the snow we do get causes a disproportionate amount of misery. Schools cancel for the smallest amounts of snow, sometimes even when that amount is 0". People fear blizzards of Little House on the Prairie proportions when but a few inches are predicted. For the most part, people don't venture out in their cars (fortunately), but those who do abandon all common sense and maneuver their vehicles like Toonces the Cat. Its sad, funny, and frustrating all at the same time.
But snow also causes a disproportionate amount of joy. Kids want to try everything they've seen people do with snow regardless of how little they have to do it with. Sledding, snowmen, snow angels, snowball fights. . . the works. And adults who maybe have had the chance to do all those things remember what it was like to be kids.
So when we got ~8" of snow, we made the most of it.
Sledding on a borrowed cafeteria tray (because we don't own sleds)
and getting outside with the neighbors to see which unplowed street is the fastest.
And in addition to the sledding, the kids in the local school district (Alamance Burlington School System) had four and a half of the next five school days off.
In the wake of recent actual blizzards where people got 40" or more snow in a few days, our little snow day may seem quaint, but around here this is the right amount of winter, and one more reason why North Carolina is the place to be
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