For the second time in two weeks, Mother Nature saw fit to take aim at Bladen County — along with many other areas in the southeast — with her wintery and icy fingers.
First the area was hit with Winter Storm Leon, which dropped about 3 inches of snow along with a thick layer of ice underneath, and this week we got Winter Storm Pax, which brought us about 5 inches of snow with a heavy layer of ice on top.
We should quickly say that area officials — those with the school’s Central Office, with the county, with local towns and others — did everything to keep folks safe, and they did it quickly. Being proactive rather than reactive probably saved some hassles and possibly lives.
And now, on the first day that we can begin the thaw from Pax, we must make our pleas to Mother Nature for her winter wrath to have mercy on us.
Suffice it to say that, as Courier and Ives pretty as it was to see the white stuff fall and lay a smooth blanket on the ground, we are weary of cleaning off vehicles, shoveling sidewalks and driveways, being trapped in homes — especially with children who aren’t in school for days on end — all because Mother Nature decided it was time to make up for the fact this area hadn’t seen any significant winter weather in a few years.
But we should start seeing encouraging signs.
The days are getting longer, with darkness not falling until close to 5:30 these days. And, when the sun is actually out, it is feeling warmer.
Just think, Major League Baseball’s sporing training sites are already humming; the unofficial first day of spring — St. Patrick’s Day — is only a few weeks away; and the real first day of spring — the vernal equinox — is three days later on March 20 at 12:57 p.m.
These are things we can hold on to with warmth in our hearts, even as the remnants of Pax continue to melt away.
And we should remember that southeast North Carolina is still a worthy place to live, work and play for those who would rather not see much of the falling flakes of snow. After all, just take a look at what many other areas north of us have had to endure so far this winter.
Here’s to hoping that warmer, longer days are close at hand.