Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Snowy Day in Atlanta

Having spent my whole life living in the South, snow is not something that I’ve experienced often. In Atlanta, we might get snow once a year and this is usually in the form of flurries without any real accumulation. But when it does snow, as it has been doing all afternoon today, I can sit for hours watching it fall. I love snow. It always gives me a peaceful feeling. Everything is so quiet, the roads are free of traffic, and everything seems so crisp and clean.

The problem for us Southerns is that we don’t know how to deal with snow. We usually have a beautiful day of snow fall that turns into rain and then freezes as the temperature drops overnight. Much to the amusement of those who grew up in the north, the world stops when it snows in the south. Schools close, there’s a shortage on water, milk and bread as everyone runs out to buy these items as soon as there’s even a hint that it might snow, and none of us “southern” knows how to drive on icy roads.

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