We got our first 2018 “snow day” on Friday, Jan. 12. It was followed by another one on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Just in case you don't remember, the first snow day of 2017 was on Friday, Jan. 6 (I looked it up).
We had more ice than snow on Friday but then on Tuesday we had more snow. Most of us will agree we would rather have a good snow as a thin sheet of ice on our highways. Ice makes for more dangerous driving. On my way to work on Friday I saw a lot of vehicles sliding around. Not so much in the snow. Ice also contributes to more broken bones than a fall in the soft snow.
The inclement weather did close all of our schools along with a lot of businesses. It also forced Manila to reschedule their homecoming festivities moving it until tonight, Jan. 23. I have attended many homecomings but this will be my first one not on Friday night.
As I have said many times, we can't control the weather. In our part of the country it can be warm, it can be cold, it can be warm and cold all in the same day. As a rule when we do get snow, it does not stay around very long. It is here today and gone tomorrow.
Kids do love snow days. They look forward to reading their school's name across the television screen followed with the word “closed.”
It may be too bad to go to school, but the kids can't wait to put on their coats and boots and get out in the snow for a little play time. Students do not even consider the extra school days in the spring, it is all about getting a snow day today.
I go to a small, country church and the week after Christmas our water froze and we had some broken pipes. As a rule during the winter months the guys turn the water off when we leave and back on when we return for services. On Christmas Eve it was a warm day and none of us thought about the water or freezing. It did turn cold the week of Christmas and then we remembered we did not turn off the water. It was too late.
It will be repaired and I am sure we will not forget it again (at least this winter).
We were eating out on Saturday evening (after the first snow day) and as we were leaving, a couple from Wisconsin was coming in. They said they had left home with no ice or snow and came south to find ice and snow.
We did not get hit as hard as some of the New England states. I can't imagine having that much snow to deal with. Again, the weather is crazy and some of the more southern states who rarely experience the snow and ice got hit really hard this year.
Like everything else, we need to take the weather one day at a time. We have to take the good with the bad unless we want to move to a place where the weather has mild temperatures year round. If we happened to move to one of those weather perfect areas we would have to find something else to complain about.
I hear people say they love the winter cold, others love the summer sun, and some people, like me, prefer the spring and fall seasons. At least here, everyone can have at least one or two of their favorite seasons. We have something to look forward to.
Hopefully, we will not have a lot of snow days before spring comes along. The first day of spring is March 20.
I am going to try to enjoy each day this year regardless of the temperature. There is beauty in all seasons. Right after a snow there is nothing more beatiful than the world covered in white. Just as lovely are the trees when the leaves start turning in the fall. During the summer we have the green grass and blooming flowers. Most everyone loves the spring with the birds singing and the temperatures rising.
Every season has something to offer and let's just appreciate each one.