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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!
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    I also remember being a child during the blizzard of '78 and remember my brothers making tunnel and forts in the snow. I now live in an area that constantly looses power and hoping we don't loose it as when we do this time of year the basement starts to flood. My son also had not school today because of the storm. We spent some time playing some bowling on the Wii, among other things. Last night making sure all cell phones and other devices are fully charged.

    I hope you all stay safe and warm.
    1839 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Great memories!
    1839 days ago
    I loved reading your blog! My old neighborhood was a place where neighbors knew each other, and looked out for one another. Take care and be safe during this winter storm... HUGS! (...and, caution, don't become exhausted from shoveling snow)
    1840 days ago
    Wow, you brought back memories. In '78, I was a fairly new bride (only married 5 yrs) with a young child and a husband that was a truck driver. I remember worrying about him as they never canceled work and we needed ever penny. When things got unbearable, they would send him home finally and that's when we could relax and enjoy all the snow. We lived in CT and got a boat load of snow too but being young, we took it in stride as like you said we were used to it.

    Now we run from the winter weather and I'm surprised by the people down south that cancel everything when they even 'think' there will be a dusting! One year down here we got an inch and everyone panicked. It was fun to watch as school, churches and gov. buildings shut down. My husband made me a 4 inch snowman that we took inside and watched melt, lol.

    Stay safe and be happy!!
    1840 days ago
    Stay safe and warm!!!!!!!!!
    1840 days ago
    I loved reading your remembrances. I remember the blizzard of '78 as well. We got so much snow in NY that our car was completely buried. I just remember it as being tons of fun - I'm not sure my parents felt the same way. LOL

    We used to build a lot of snow forts and snow houses on our lawn. We'd stay out until we couldn't stand the cold any more.

    We're only forecasted to get about 12" out of this, so no big deal here as we're used to a lot of snow.

    Enjoy that shoveling, my dear!
    1840 days ago
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