The snow didn’t begin to fall yesterday morning until around 10:45am. I was out running errands when snowflakes began to flutter down. I needed to FEDEX some information to someone in Philadelphia so I went to a shipping store to drop off some forms and a check. While at the store, I was behind two other customers who were talking with the nice attendant and owner lady behind the counter. She was telling us that her husband had told her to shut the shop down and not open due to the weather. She lives about an hour away and he feared that she would get stuck in the weather and snow on her way home in the evening.
She said she told her husband that she wanted to open for her customers and that she hated to miss the FEDEX, UPS, and USPS pickups later in the day at the shop. If she did miss the pickups, all of the parcels and mail she had collected from customers wouldn’t go out. She didn’t want to let her customers down. And besides, she said, it was only going to snow about four inches.
Well, Customer #1 spoke up and said that he had heard that it was going to snow at least six inches and that temps were going to get down to at least 20ºF in the afternoon and evening. It was going to be nasty, he said. Which caused Customer #2 to pipe in. “Oh no! I saw Channel 9 and they said it is going to snow eight inches and, accounting for wind chill, it is going to get down to -4ºF Tues night.” Truly nasty!
The two customers finished their business and left. The nice lady asked me, “Do you have a forecast?” She smiled. I told her I didn’t but that I hoped that she would get home safe as soon as she was able to get away. We chatted a bit more, did our business, and I thanked her for her help.
She was my last order of business yesterday morning. As I was driving home, it started to snow big, puffy flakes. I thought of the packing store owner lady. I hope she was able to get away at a decent hour before the nasty stuff started hitting later in the afternoon.
I am now snowbound in my warm house. Fortunately, the electricity is up so I am warm, fed, watered, and having no problems. But the snow is ice, the wind makes it very cold, and the drive out front literally has had no one on it yet this morning. School is out for a second day and if things don’t thaw up just a bit it might be out another day. (Oddly, some students and teachers alike are complaining about having snow days. They fear they will loose summer days. Hard to keep them happy, sometimes. But I’m out of that cycle now…) I won’t be going out today and maybe not even tomorrow unless things warm up just a bit.
So what we have here is a good, solid, seasonal, frozen winter day in northern Virginia. We are truly socked in. Just think – six months from now it will be 96°F with no breeze. And like today, there will be haters and there will be lovers. For me, I am mostly content, mostly happy, safe, and comfortable. I hope the same can be said for you. Be warm and safe today.