Unless you are completely unplugged, y’all may have heard that we have had a little winter weather down here in Georgia. Twice. In the span of two weeks. These events resulted in six official days off from the public schools (an “early” dismissal, followed by three full days at home the first go-around and then three more days off this past week). Today marks the end of the 4-day Presidents’ Day weekend, which punctuated our impromptu vacation with an exclamation point.
“No big deal,” says everybody I know in the Northeast. “We have had so many snowstorms this winter that they are about to loop back to the letter “A” in naming them. Our kids haven’t had a regular, 5-day school week since before winter break.”
True. But that’s what you get when you live above the Mason-Dixon. Eleven and a half years ago, Sheepdog and I made the conscious choice to pack up our U-Haul and leave that bittersweet nonsense up North. Sure, we would miss the peaceful, thick flakes that fall so quietly and leave everything looking like a Thomas Kinkade painting. Of course, we would lament our lack of white Christmases. We would even long for the occasional snow day here and there. But in the plus column… no more grey slush. No more filthy cars from November through March. No more bruised tailbones from slipping on ice in the driveways and parking lots. No more gravel and sand giving our vehicles microdermabrasion of the chassis all winter long. Heck, I didn’t even buy winter coats for my kids in 2005 or 2008. It rarely dropped below 40° F those winters and when it did, I just told them to wear two sweatshirts!
But ever since I sold my like-new ice scraper and snow shovel in a yard sale for 25 cents each (they sat in the garage, mocking my northern roots, for more than ten years), it seems like everybody from Mother Nature to Jon Stewart has been busy making fun of us down here in the bible belt. One day we are pruning our crepe myrtles, the next day we are doing scratch spins in our electric cars on I-75/85. And before we know, it will be 108° F in the shade again and we will long once more for the cool days of February.
In the meantime, we’re all just hanging here in the ATL with our excesses of bread and milk and alcohol, trying not to kill our children or spouses due to the incredible amounts of quality family time we have been given. Nothing to do but sled in our laundry baskets, swim at the indoor pools at Lifetime Fitness, and play an 18-hour, six day game of Risk.
Good times. Great memories. Seriously. When’s Spring?
Wish me luck for tomorrow…