Mother Nature is back at it for Snowmageddon, Part Deaux! Or Snowpocalypse 2, SnowJam Part 2…whatever you want to call it, we’ve been slammed, again. This time around, however, preparedness has ridden the line of paranoia for the last week, in my opinion. As soon as the mere possibility of snow and ice was reported, the region reacted. Afterall, who would want a repeat of the mess that happened a mere two weeks ago? Things are a titch different this time, thankfully. As far as I know, there were no children stuck at school – how could they have been; school was cancelled early on Monday for Tuesday and Wednesday. This was a bit of overkill, as all it did on Tuesday was rain. Today, Wednesday, there’s no way anybody should be going anywhere, as it snowed and sleeted overnight, then promptly froze on the ground. But at least it started overnight, when most people were home, as opposed to the middle of the day.
I’m prepared for the onslaught of jokes about how we Southerners just don’t know how to handle bad weather. It’s inevitable. When you hear words such as “catastrophic” and even “biblical” being used on the news to describe a storm, it’s just opening us up for ridicule. Southerners, though, take it in stride. Sure, there was panic beforehand. The grocery stores were packed on Monday, pictures of empty milk coolers and bread shelves floated around Facebook and Instagram, My kids and I ventured out on Tuesday to pick up some non-essential items such as chocolate chips and goldfish food, and I had a nice chuckle at this one:
My Publix had milk and bread, but if you wanted chicken, you were out of luck. Southerners: if the lights go out, we can still barbecue!
But my favorite part of “weather events” like this are the memes, I must admit. Here are a few favorites:
Some important things to remember through all of this: stay positive, keep things light, and remember to laugh. It’ll be 70 again next week. Seriously.