Mama Diaries

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Immortal Snowball

If you live in the United States, you may have heard that the fine city of Atlanta, Georgia, where I live, was crippled by a grand total of two inches of snow.  Pathetic!  I've never seen anything like it.  (I recently moved to Atlanta from Ohio.  I'm a native of Cleveland, Ohio, so I'm no stranger to snow!)  Many kids were stuck in schools overnight because they couldn't get home. Fortunately, my kids weren't one of them, but my daughter's bus never arrived until 7:00 PM.   People were stranded on highways because of the ice. Somebody actually delivered a baby in a car while they were stranded.

Anyway, the kids thought it was the greatest thing to have snow.  They pulled out Rubbermaid container lids and sledded down the icy street slopes.  They tried to build a snowman, but there just wasn't enough snow.  So they had snowball fights.

When they were done, they came inside.  My son had a rather substantial snowball in his hands.  He put it into the freezer.

"Dude," I said.  "Why did you just put a snow pile in our freezer?"

"Mama, we might not ever get snow again.  I want to make sure this snow lasts forever!"

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    1. He just threw another snowball in the freezer. Now he has enough to put together a snowman next winter!

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    2. Hahahaha. Seriously I am laughing. Good stuff.

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  2. It only snowed once in the twenty years I lived in Georgia. Must have been one of those dry cycles. . .

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    1. Apparently. All I know, is that the city was completely unprepared to handle it!

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  3. Was the ice really that bad, or was it just that people there don't know how to deal with it? I can't imagine what would happen if we had snow in Florida.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The pictures of the highways showed how the traffic was. The roads were ice because there was no salt. So, if you put 5,000 commuters on roads with no salt, that's what you get. That's not how we do things in Cleveland! 2 1/2 inches of snow? That's nothing!

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    2. We watched CNN for a while last night. We were shocked at the lack of preparation for ice and snow, but I guess when people aren't used to it, they don't know what to do.

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  4. I live in San Antonio, and feel his pain!
    It never snows!

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    1. When I lived in Florida, I think it snowed maybe twice, and it didn't amount to anything.

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  5. Snow is always exciting to the children, I hope the after effects was too serious.

    Yvonne.

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    1. It'll take a couple of days for things to get sorted out down here.

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  6. I read about the mess in Atlanta. That was just poor planning. Schools and businesses should've gotten out earlier.
    And I've lived in enough places that had snow that I can drive on it. However, I was more than happy to stay home today!

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    1. I think it was very poor planning. The Mayor and Governor are taking some heat for it.

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  7. I actually saw a show over at TLC about a crazy woman who keeps snowballs and snowmen from more than ten years ago in a number of freezers she keeps in her house.

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    1. Oh my gosh. No way. Did she say why?

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    2. it was that show about people with crazy obsessions... they usually don't have a sane reason :)

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  8. haha they had to stay over night? Wow, you'd think they never heard of snow before. He could be on to something

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    1. I was just talking to somebody who used to live in Atlanta, and she said for the entire 20 years she lived here, it didn't snow. I must've brought the northern weather when I moved down here!

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  9. His logic makes sense to me. :) My kids put snow in the freezer all the time. I have no idea why. We get so much so snow here...

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    1. It's nice to know you can play with snow, and not have to get bundled up for it. ;0)

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  10. And he'll discover a way to double, triple, and quadruple it! :)

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  11. Welcome to Georgia! Bubba's got the right idea; it could be years before we have another snowfall here. (Or it could be next week... who knows?)

    The highways were sheer ice in places. No matter how experienced a person may be at driving in the snow, nobody can drive on ice. Not even with 4-wheel drive. Crazy, huh? Wait until you see your first ice storm. Everything gets covered with a layer of ice; tree branches and power lines fall, and the power may be out for several days. It looks like an absolute winter wonderland, especially when the sun shines and all that ice sparkles, but it's a royal pain in the tushie.

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    1. We've had plenty of ice storms in Ohio, but I'm sure because the south isn't used to it, the state will be completely shut down when one occurs. I agree - they are pretty!

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    1. I was thinking that I might make a little snowman in my freezer so that when I open it, I can have a cute little guy staring at me. ;)

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  13. We even had snow flurries yesterday, all the way down in deep South Texas! I'm glad your daughter made it home safely AND that the kids will have some great memories of it~

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  14. Let me preface this comment by saying that I live in Florida (now). I lived in Augusta, GA, for ten years, but I grew up in Ohio. So, I know EXACTLY what you are saying here. Snow is so rare for the south that people FREAK OUT. I heard about how those 2 inches derailed Atlanta. Traffic is bad there all of the time... and those two inches brought it all to a grinding halt.

    That bit about your son putting the snow in the freezer.... pretty smart kid. It may be a long time before Atlanta sees that much snow again:D Thank goodness!!!

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    1. It'll probably take two years for them to get everything unscrewed up. Just in time for the next snowfall!

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  15. That's so sweet! Well, your son, not the baby delivered on the highway or the stranded kids.

    My oldest son made an itty bitty snow man when he was a little guy. I stuck it in a ziploc bag and put it the freezer for years. Then last summer a horrible storm blew in and our electric was out for nearly a week. Good bye snow man :(

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  16. You've gotta admire his logic! Snow has the ability to turn us all into big kids - as long as it doesn't hang around too long. All we seem to be having is rain, rain, rain here.

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    1. At least your rain isn't bringing traffic to a grinding halt!

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  17. Wow, crazy how you ended up getting snow in Atlanta! I've never experienced snow, so I can kinda understand wanting to make it last, heh.

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    1. The Atlantians were certainly not used to it, or prepared for it!

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  18. What a horrible situation to be in. Children will always see the positive side in snow, though. I loved it as a kid. How clever to keep it in the freezer for memories.

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    1. Three days later, the kids are still out of school!

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  20. Now that's funny. Though I can understand how he feels. It snowed in some areas of Johannesburg once or twice, and some of rushed outside to see it, just to make sure we were not hallucinating. Unfortunately, most people had to content themselves with photos online because it turned into slush within a couple of hours.

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  21. I wish I could send some of our snow your way so that the kids could build a snowman. We are suppose to be getting 5-7" this time around and we are in for more next week. We've already got piles along the driveways that are a several feet deep in spots.

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  22. As I drove from Connecticut yesterday back to Pennsylvania through what would be nine inches of snow, I was reminded of Atlanta. While I didn't race down the highway, it wasn't all that bad. Two inches? Still...I'd rather live down there. The fact that I'm thinking nine inches (of SNOW!!) isn't so bad is a perfect reason WHY I want to move south (that dealie with the snow snarl-ups is very unusual to be sure).
    You're still in better shape than us.

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  23. Oh yeah...MORE frikkin' GD snow tomorrow!

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