Saturday, January 13, 2007

Let it snow?

It's January 13th and damp here in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. My upstate New Yorker husband is grumbling. He wants snow.

Is he crazy?

I'm a native Washingtonian. We freak at even the whisper of a snowflake. The grocery stores immediately clear of bread, milk, and toilet paper. The TV stations go on 24-hour Storm Watch. Activities get cancelled. Everyone wonders if the schools--and even the government--will close.

Now, don't get me wrong. I don't actually hate snow. It's rather pleasant to watch falling. It's even nice to look at, spread out over the lawn. The problem is that the people in my house insist on going out into the stuff. The husband drives off to work. The boys, when they were younger, went sledding and came back wet, tracking snow everywhere. Now they have to go to work--or they want to drive somewhere to socialize. No one but me is ever home when the sidewalk needs shoveling.

So, I'm as nervous about global warming as the next person and I know that a good winter's snow helps guard against summer drought...but I'm not at all anxious to see the white stuff show up.


Wendy Roberts said...

Sally, I think snow should remain on mountain tops looking beautiful. We've had quite a bit of snow this year and that's unusual for Vancouver. The kids love it. I _hate_ it!

Caroline Linden said...

My kids are also hoping for snow. They love it. And I must confess, if it's going to be that cold anyway, snow at least makes things look prettier.

My husband keeps trying to get me to learn how to use the snowblower, but I'm not falling for it. As long as I don't know how it works, I can't be called upon to use it.

Sally MacKenzie said...

We went together with a few of our neighbors to buy a communal snowblower--which lives in our garage, since said garage is too full of junk to accommodate a car. (And for some odd reason, there's no door between the garage and the house--not the finest moment in home design.)

Actually, I think the purchase of the snowblower caused the snow gods to go elsewhere, so the DC area should be thanking us. BUT I also discovered I am too weak to operate the machine. Yes, I know, another good reason to hit the weights at the gym....

Just tell your hubby you're a delicate flower, Caroline, and need a big strong man to operate the machine.

Okay, I've made myself nauseous, too.

Ann Christopher said...

Sally, are you sure you're not in Cincinnati? That's exactly how we are about snow--total paralysis at the mere mention of it.

My kids are deeply disappointed that it didn't snow on the first day of winter, like they thought it should.

Me? Not so much.


Eve Silver said...

Sally, I'm not a fan of the cold or the snow as a general rule, but Toronto has had absolutely no snow this year, and that is making me a little sad. We had a very green Christmas. Not a flake or flurry in sight. Local ski businesses have been forced to exercise massive layoffs.

So while I sympathize with your snow sympathies, I wouldn't mind a little of the white stuff right about now.