Snowy day or ice road driver?
Snow, snow and more snow. Who doesn’t like a little snow once in a while? The recent snowfall of last week wasn’t exactly one of tremendous magnitude — we have had deeper snows, but it was the sleet that fell before the snow that made traveling dangerous and gave students a week-long break from school.
Many folks laugh at those of us who live south of the Mason-Dixon Line when it snows. They laugh at our mass panic as we all rush head long into the grocery stores and buy up all of the milk and bread, sometimes even resulting in fighting or arm wrestling for that last gallon of milk.
Whenever snow is forecast I take a wait and see attitude. After all, past experience has taught me that when snow is predicted, chances are slim to none that it will actually occur, but boy did this storm prove me wrong.
While not a deep snow, it was crisp, fresh powder. It started me thinking about all manner of winter sports as I entered our parking lot and trudged into our office on Wednesday morning. I thought about what it would be like to slip and slide down the hills around town, instead I was dutiful seeking out the sledding hills, looking for the little tykes that maybe, just maybe, had dreams of making the Olympic bobsled team or better complete a half-pipe on the ski hill.
Maybe some child in some neighborhood somewhere nearby tried their hand at their first ever attempt at snow boarding or ice hockey.
Intrepid motorists even ventured out of their warm homes to try their hand at ice road driving. Ice road driving, generally, is best performed by those who know and understand the laws of physics, how gravity works and understand that ice is slippery. After three days of careful practice for my debut in my new career as an ice road driver, I decided that ice road driving was better left to the professionals found on the History Channel show Ice Road Truckers. They make it look so easy on television when in fact it is a hair raising nightmare in real life.
While I was out and about practicing for my turn as an ice road driver, I didn’t exactly find any future Olympic hopefuls during this snow episode, but I’m sure they are out there, watching and waiting for a bigger, better, deeper snow. One where they can truly showcase their talents and creativity to the delight of those moms and dads in the neighborhood who get to watch.
With the Sochi Olympics just a few short days away, many folks used this snow episode to get ready to enjoy the numerous winter sports that will be on display — bob sledding, skiing, cross country skiing, freestyle skiing, figure skating, hockey and so much more. Maybe the recent wacky weather events will spark some child to decide to pursue an Olympic sized dream in one or more sports. If the Jamaicans can compete in Olympic bob sledding then some of our own citizens right here in Bladen County can surely do the same with a little ingenuity and some occasional help from Mother Nature.
Who knows when the next “Great Snow” may occur here. After all it is the South and well, the weather here is as fickle as Mother Nature herself. It may be cold and snowing today, but tomorrow it may be sunny and 75. It’s a little like Forest Gump said, “It’s like a box chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.”
Erin Smith is a staff writer for the Bladen Journal. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 910-862-4163.
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