You Northerners are welcome to your mild summers, this Southerner will take her snow day. I hate to start a blog post off with a rant, but I have to put it on the record – I am SICK and TIRED of people (some locals, some not) poking fun at those of us who use 7 inches of snow as an excuse to have a snow day. I’m sorry if our snow day offends anyone, but I’m just not so over zealous that I’m going to head out into this.
This Southerner isn’t planning on sweeping 7 inches of snow off her car only to be left with about an inch of ice to attempt to chisel through (before giving up and claiming that a jack hammer might be a better tool) so that I can go to work. Call me a wimp but I do believe the world can survive without my smiling face and sarcastic bite the one day I plan to stay inside, in my fleece pants and holey, long sleeved t-shirt. This Southerner isn’t planning on fishtailing my way down the freeway praying that the huge semi creeping up on my backside will back off just to keep the local economy going for a couple of days. I’m thinking the frantic trip to Wal-Mart I took before the storm came in will sustain said economy. This Southerner just doesn’t care if you displaced Northerners are either too proud to admit you love living in the South because of the occassional snow day or are too jealous (if you don’t live here) to let us enjoy it without being mocked.
I will say that this Southerner will spend hours in the front yard in the middle of summer, when it’s 98 degrees outside, digging in her garden without feeling faint. I’ll also spend hours sitting in the sun at a July farmer’s market without complaining of the heat wave. This Southerner certainly won’t make fun of those up North who can’t survive that kind of weather. I’ll just understand you aren’t used to it.
All this to say, those of you up North can certainly plow their way to work when they want to, but don’t make fun of this Southerner if I decide to let my car stay buried in the snow while I sip hot cocoa with my feet up when I would normally be at work.
Just what did this Southerner do during the recent snow days? I might have spun some yarn, but I also might have spent many hours watching House on DVD and make a good dent in my unwatched movie collection. Hey, I can’t always be creative. Sometimes I have to sit back and enjoy the creative work of others. I hope those of you who got some snow this week had a nice break from the everyday and for those of you who didn’t, I’m sorry.