Sunday, January 27th, 2008 at
There is a white blanket outside covering our entire town. Yesterday and last night we got about 6 or 7 inches of snow and now everything looks like it has been coated in icing. This maple tree looks to me like it has little white ‘ice cream’ blossoms all over it.
I grew up in Charleston, SC and if we had this much snow on the ground, or any snow, really, EVERYTHING would be closed, but not here. Ryan still had to go to work, school buses are still running, and everybody is expected to be where they are supposed to be. The plows have come by and scraped the fluffy stuff off the main roads, tossing down black, dirty gravel in its wake, putting an eye sore in the beautiful scenery so that folks won’t be put out by not being able to get where they have to go.
Our towns spend millions of dollars a year to make sure that our roads get plowed and we don’t have to slow down when faced with a snow day. Even still there are wrecks and slide offs all over the place. EMTs, fire crews, and police officers have to work double time to keep up with it all just because people can’t take a day when it is handed to them.
I bet if we all just slowed down a bit our taxes would go down, too, because our town would save millions in emergency workers, plowers, salt and gravel, and such. Not only that, but the plows and gravel eat our roads up much faster meaning more repairs.
That brings me to another question. Why is it so important for everybody to get to work? Wouldn’t it be glorious if we could just slow down enough to enjoy a snow day in the traditional fashion? Snow suits, sleds, snow ball fights, snow forts, snow men, and hot cocoa? Schedules and that dumb dollar have ruined the fun once again. The working and schooling institution our society worships has really put a damper on the potential fun to be had when we stop our go, go, go to enjoy the splendor of God’s miraculous phenomenon.
When we are in our final years will we look back and be proud that we sacrificed spontaneous, good old fashioned fun for the sake of a dollar and a schedule? I don’t think so. With age comes wisdom but by then it is sometimes too late.
Today, we are taking a snow day. It is Kaitlyn’s birthday and what a sweet 13 she is. We will play the Wii, build a snow man, make cocoa, and just enjoy our day. No school books, limited chores, much relaxation and fun. I am going to make the most out of my snow day.
These are pics of my house, and then from my back deck. I took them yesterday evening while it was snowing. It snowed all night and now we have double what you see here in these photos. If it weren’t for the power lines it would be a spectacular view of our little town. When I was out there it felt like I was in a snow globe.
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