Atlanta’s Snow Day

29 Jan

I am so impressed with my city. People from up North or in the Midwest may laugh at our “little snow,” but we aren’t the North or the Midwest. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. Or flowers and swimming. It just doesn’t make sense. Only two inches may have fallen, but the harrowing stories I heard from family and friends made me so glad to know that everyone made it home safely… even if it was eventually. There were over 1,200 accidents in Atlanta yesterday, and only 1 fatality. And the stories that have been posted about all those in the city taking care of others, of strangers… well, I have to admit, it made me cry to read about the generosity of our city. We may disagree at times or think we’ll never get along, but when there is trouble, we stick together.

Walt and I made it to the grocery store after story time Tuesday morning. I realized, with the impending snow, that it had been a mistake to put off shopping all weekend. But, we needed food, so we got there about 11:20am. Upon leaving the store around 12:15pm, a lady waited five minutes for us to load our car so she could have our spot. Walter is clearly above wearing his hat in freezing weather, despite any admonishments.

Dave’s view of traffic on West Peachtree about 1:30pm. He told me he was leaving ASAP, and I had been surprised his office let them all out early. Little did we know what was going to happen throughout the night. Luckily, it only took him an hour and a half to get home. I think that’s the quickest of anyone I know. Made me glad we live so close to his office.

Our street, close to midnight.

We were cold. Dave told me I looked very Russian.

Today we were invited to finger paint with cute little A. We love our next door neighbors.

Walt enjoyed the snow today without all the falling flakes and wind of yesterday. He got upset though after he realized how cold his hands get without his mittens on (they are discarded in the background). I shall be duct taping them on in Utah.

Testing the roads today, 5:30pm. Mostly clear.


2 Responses to “Atlanta’s Snow Day”

  1. Pop January 30, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

    And why is the press giving our governor and mayor such a hard time? There are consequences to any decisions and shutting down a city is a tough call. The fact that many people were inconvenienced is troubling, but had they cried “wolf” and there was no snow the hyenas would still be after them.

    • mamajohnston February 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm #

      I also don’t get why they’re getting such a hard time. It’s not like they told everyone to stay at home. It’s the problem with centralized authority. The principals at the schools could have closed early, the bosses at work could have told people to telecommute… And why aren’t we focusing on the fact that almost no one died and lots of people got help from strangers?

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