Be careful what you wish for
TELLING IT LIKE IT IS
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.