Good morning readers, I know that some of you are waking up to temperatures in the mid-50s; others are waking up to temperatures below 0; and still others, in my neck of the woods, are waking up to temps in the teens with icy roads, spouses and kids who never made it home from work/school yesterday (but, hopefully, are safe and sound at work, school, or the houses of coworkers and friends).
It is a difficult time for many, and I just want to be the first to send out the message that whatever you are dealing with, I hope that you are safe and sound.
I have no idea why, but bad weather brings out the competitive nature in many folks I know. I see a lot of Facebook messages and tweets in which people are calling others wimps, saying “welcome to the club” and even going so far as to explain how much stronger, tougher, smarter, etc. they are because they know how to drive in snow and ice.
I say congrats to all of you who live in parts of the country where snow and ice are common. Congratulations on learning to live in those conditions on a regular basis. I also congratulate the communities in which you live for having the government services in place to deploy a caravan of snow plows and de-icers.
I am at my home in icy metro Atlanta, safe and sound with my husband and kids. My parents and sister are also safe and warm in their homes.
At the same time, in Atlanta, and some other areas of the South, spouses are stranded at work – some made it home last night, but only after 11 hours on icy and unsafe roads. In some cases, kids are still at school having, what I can only hope is a fun lock-in that will become a fun memory to tell in the future. Believe it or not, there are still people stranded in their cars more than 18 hours after leaving work.
Some have died, and others have been injured.
My thoughts go out to everyone, regardless of where you live, who may be suffering due to the crazy weather that has taken hold this January. I send you my support whether you are a rugged Northerner experiencing what you may describe as a slightly colder and snowier winter. I hope that this becomes just one more story, of many, to tell.
I send my thoughts and support to those in the South who may be experiencing something common in other parts of the country, but uncommon here. I hope that you and your family members all make it home safe and sound by this evening.
I have been checking Facebook more than usual today to get reports on family and friends, and I know that I am not alone.
For most of us I hope that this day/month will pass, and become just another story we tell. In my area, it will take its place amongst the ice storm of 2011 and the spring break blizzard of 1993… and because I was born in Michigan, will also have a place in my memory alongside the blizzard of 1977.
However, instead of becoming competitive over something like the weather. Something completely out of our control. Let’s pull together and offer our support. If you are a Northerner or Midwesterner, offer words of support instead snide remarks. If you are a Southerner dealing with the unexpected, don’t get mad at the Northerners who simply don’t understand why this brings our part of the country to a standstill.
If you opened your home to someone who is stranded, I commend you. If you can offer blankets, food or water to someone stranded in their car, or at an office near your home, an office with nothing more than a vending machine (if that), I encourage you to do so. If all you have to offer are positive thoughts and prayers, then please serve them up regularly throughout the day.
I look forward to the sunshine that is already returning, and to a thaw that will bring our temps all the way up to the 60s this weekend.
Please tell us how you are weathering the weather in 2014.