Be care­ful what you wish for


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I’m afraid I did it again: Wished aloud and got what I asked for and then some.

I was hop­ing for a nice snow, enough to blan­ket ev­ery­thing in white and build a re­ally big snow­man or three and en­joy play­ing in. Some­how Mother Na­ture mis­un­der­stood me: If I had wanted a Bliz­zard, I would’ve headed to Dairy Queen.

Technology has come a long way and weath­er­men are able to give a more ac­cu­rate pre­dic­tion of what we can ex­pect. They saw this storm com­ing and gave us am­ple time to pre­pare. Most of us stocked up over the week­end be­fore the storm ar­rived and made it through thanks to care­ful plan­ning. In spite of Mother Na­ture’s wrath, most were lucky to have power through­out the storm. We South­ern­ers weren’t quite pre­pared for all the ice it brought which kept many house­bound for sev­eral days. De­spite the in­con­ve­niences the storm brought, I en­joyed an ex­tra long week­end off, sleep­ing in and catch­ing up on some read­ing.

I stocked up on sup­plies for chicken taco soup, chicken stew and dress­ing, chili and home­made brown­ies and my daily ra­tion of Pepsi Cola and we were ready for the storm.

The Great Snow Storm of 2011 per­haps changed the way South­ern­ers think. One ques­tion ev­ery­one was ask­ing was “Why do we need milk, bread and eggs?” Ob­vi­ously, you’ve never sur­vived a South­ern win­ter snow storm? Well, I found the an­swer: Eggs or ce­real for break­fast, sand­wiches for lunch, cook­ies and milk and if you dare, snow cream for dessert!! Yes there is a trick to mak­ing snow cream. It calls for ‘fresh snow’ prefer­ably be­fore it is spoiled by traf­fic, an­i­mals, kids play­ing, and cer­tain mem­bers of the male species who have fun ‘get­ting artis­tic’ with the snow. Think about it, yel­low ice cream isn’t too tasty now is it? That’s why plain vanilla is my fa­vorite un­less I pre­fer to add my own top­pings. That way I don’t get any hid­den sur­prises.

I was dis­ap­pointed in The Great Snow Storm of 2011, though. First, you can’t build a snow­man with ice. If I knew how to ice skate, I prob­a­bly would have en­joyed it much more. Of course, if you have prob­lems just walk­ing on ice, you can for­get ice skat­ing. That’s just not some­thing that comes nat­u­ral to South­ern­ers. My son had no more opened his door and put one toe out when he landed on his knee in the ice and my hus­band slid back to the truck on his hind side.

South­ern­ers have been known to come up with some unique ways to have fun in the snow. If you’re des­per­ate enough to go ‘sled­ding, slid­ing or skat­ing’ South­ern style, just about any­thing can be rigged up to serve the pur­pose. All you need are a four­wheeler john boat or util­ity trailer or trash can lid.

WSB news showed neigh­bors in a sub­di­vi­sion who found an al­ter­na­tive means of trav­el­ing in the snow and ice to the near­est Publix to re­stock on ‘ne­ces­si­ties’, which one clar­i­fied as beer. I just rolled my eyes and said a quiet prayer. One of their neigh­bors hooked up a four wheeler to a util­ity trailer equipped with a ply­wood floor whereby they had as­sem­bled lawn chairs for the ride. It seemed like a good idea, al­beit one of those red­neck things, but if those chairs weren’t nailed down I’d hate to think of the con­se­quences.

I’m ready for an­other round of snow and fun. We may well get it, since win­ter is far from over and you’ve heard that say­ing about what could hap­pen if the snow stays on the ground for more than three days, right?

It has been known to snow as late as March right here in Ge­or­gia. I hate to re­mind you, but the Great Snow Storm of 2011 did in­deed stay around for a good week, so if there’s any truth to that su­per­sti­tious old tale, can you just imag­ine what we might be in for?

I’m go­ing to start pre­par­ing now and hunt down a sled and some ice skates and a corn cob pipe and black hat for Frosty.

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