We awoke this morning to a little surprise from Mother Nature. We had been told that we might get some flurries last night, but accumulation of any amount was not expected. We got 3″ at most, which is just enough to slow things down but not enough to seriously foul up transportation around town.
When I woke up at 6:00, school was delayed by two hours. I checked again a little over an hour later and school was closed. Canadians and Wisconsin folks, don’t mock us too loudly. We understand that this is not a real snow. It’s more of an appetizer, an amuse-bouche, a nibble of snow.
Right now, at mid-morning, it’s 18F, but feels like 8. Again, Canadians and Midwestern folks, I know you are colder and windier where you are. Remember, I live in the South — the place where we regularly experience 95-100 (or more) degree temps for weeks on end in the summer and then bundle up in layers once the thermometer dips into the 50s. While we may have four defined seasons here and occasional snowmaggedon, snow is not a daily part of our winter lives and we are a bit kerfuffled by any that we get. (And definitely not the dense glacier-like snow that results from three major snowfalls of 2′ each over the course of two months and that leads to earthquake-like calving.)
Days like today are a lovely pause in our normal schedules. Oh sure, having to shuffle the deck of cards that is any person’s day can be inconvenient, but I look at this as a gift. An opportunity to slow down and spend the day in with my girls. Yes, I’ll work too, but since my work is freelance and at home, I have the flexibility to adapt to days like today. I plan to bundle up and go for a walk later on.
Pete also had to bundle up for his commute to work — instead of biking or driving, he walked to the bus stop and took public transportation. Those of you who doubt me when I say that he wears shorts regardless of the season, here’s proof of my truthiness. His concessions to the cold are the fleece-lined earflap cap, the ski jacket, and the SmartWool socks. Otherwise, his is an all-season wardrobe.
We might get more snow later today and more is predicted for tomorrow. I hope we do.
What do you do on days like today?