Being safe in the face of adversity
Friday, February 08, 2013
Today, the weather is going to be bad and heading for worse. I live in an area where they are predicting 24-36" of snow being dumped on us. Good thing I already know what this is like!
I was 11 years old when the Blizzard of '78 rolled through New England. That was before there were such things as snowblowers. It was a time where neighbor knew neighbor, and checked on each other. I lived in a small village, with many elderly folks around us. We had a corner market that also served as the butcher shop, and a pharmacy on my street. We got up that morning and went to work and school. It looked like the weather man was wrong again. I remember being dismissed early. I remember my mother (God rest her soul) pacing the floors because the snow was coming down harder and my father wasn't home yet (he had a 90 minute commute every day). I remember shovelling the driveway of our apartment house with the kids who lived upstairs, and going down the street when my father came home so I could shovel in front of his garage (we rented a garage at a neighbor's house). When the snow stopped falling, we had over 2'. The snow pile reached the second floor porch. I have a picture of my parents shaking hands, one on the porch and one on top of the snow pile.
We kids loved being out of school, naturally. That doesn't mean we didn't do some kind of work. We dragged out sleds out. We went to the corner market and got groceries for the elderly folks who couldn't get out and delivered them. We went to the pharmacy and picked up medications for delivery. I remember my aunt who worked as an RN at the hospital in the city being picked up every day on snowmobile. We shovelled out driveways and fire hydrants. Wew also went sledding, had snowball fights, and whined about being made to come inside after being outside for 6-8 hours a time.
Now as an adult, I see this storm as an opportunity. I don't own a snow blower, so I will be shovelling again. Woot! Cardio!! It's supposed to be heavy snow. Woot! Strength training! It's a matter or perspective, you see. I also know how dangerous it would be to try to drive in this. Since my company never closes, I was concerned about having to go into the office this morning. I was given the opportunity to work from home, and that is what I will do. Plex took a personal day, as his commute would have been brutal (he works 90 minutes from home in good weather). Boo is home, as they cancelled schools yesterday across the state. I know what to do to keep my family safe. I also know that I can make this fun for them, too. Again, perspective.
I just looked up, and the snow has started here. To all my fellow Sparkers in the path of this storm, be safe and remember those around you who aren't as young or as healthy. Time to get some documents reviewed and get ready for some BIG SNOW!