The period when the holidays end and the kids are back to school is a time when we can all get back to our regular schedules, and gain some structure back into our lives. As we kick off the new year with a new attitude and goals, it unfortunately also entails lots of weather for many parts of the country.
Welcome to Ohio winter where we get blissful blizzards that come off of Lake Erie, and sometimes when we’re really lucky, we get clippers from the other Great Lakes as well. Lake effect snow can be unpredictable, and at times inconveniencing to say the least. Here is a breakdown of how winter ensues here in Northeast Ohio.
First we get a lovely forecast that is confusing, alarming, a joke, but all too real at the same time.
So logically I go to the store to stock up on important items that would be needed if I got snowed in my house for multiple days at a time. I walk into Target and see a display on the end of the aisle labeled: Snowpocalypse 2019.
Driving home in the snow is always exciting as I tend to be a bit of a speeder/road-rager in my uterus mobile (AKA the minivan). I’ve got places to go, so get out of my way slow pokes.
During my drive that resembles the vintage Disney World ride Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, I hear on the radio that the entire country is having ‘blizzard conditions’ and some cities have declared a state of emergency. I chuckle to myself and put on some tunes.
Now that I’m finally home, I realize the snow is coming down a bit harder than before, and I nervously start eating my nutritious pringles and wine. I lie on the couch eating rations like the royalty I consider myself when I get the call THE CALL...
My husband gets home and we realize it has snowed about 4 inches in the last hour and in fact I did not come home with any actual essentials from Target I had on my shopping list... damn Target sorcery. So we decide that since the roads are too bad to go out, we should order pizza.
So it’s finally time go to bed. I wake up the next morning in a sea of pringle crumbs to see that, in fact, it did snow… a lot. I look outside and see my husband shoveling in about 2 feet of snow. I can hear him mumbling to himself but can’t quite make it out.
I try to take my dog outside but he refuses as it’s -20 degrees outside, and of course the 2 feet of snow.
So I go to turn on my social media and realize my news feed seems to be full of the same looking photo.
Seriously people we all can see outside, stop showing me your stupid snow pics. And if someone viewing your post isn’t from North East Ohio, trust me they don’t care about our snow.
Then I remember it’s a snow day and the kids have off of school. I feel when it comes to snow days, and kids are called off school, there are mixed emotions. Some people love snow days, and some people love to hate those who love snow days.
I happen upon a school teacher’s post in my newsfeed
In particular I’ve noticed people tend to get salty with teachers for being happy about snow days. I just have to say, if your boss came up to you right now and said “tomorrow you don't’ have to come into work”, I don’t care who you are, you would be ecstatic. I am not a teacher, but if this happened to me, I know I would happy as a kid in Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! Teachers being happy about snow days, doesn’t mean they don't have the children’s best interests at heart, or that they don’t care about their jobs. It just means they are human, and are happy to get a day off. Who the hell doesn’t like a free day off of work? Hint: The answer is NO ONE!
I get it, as a mom of three and holding down a job out of the home, snow days/cold days are an inconvenience. Especially being a special needs mom, my son needs structure to survive his day. Extended breaks many times lead to confusion and meltdowns. But they are a part of reality, and I feel we should not become unhappy over something we cannot control, like Mother Nature. My week might be harder because of Mother Nature, but that doesn't mean my son’s teacher can’t be happy she can sleep in for a day. I mean let’s face, Florida posts in the winter are far more annoying than teachers excited by snow days.
Frankly, anyone that lives in the south whose posts end up on my newsfeed make me want to send them negative karmic energy, or at the very least unfriend them.
All this mayhem basically goes on for 2 more months ending in late April (oh that might be 4 months, but who’s counting hahaha), and Northeast Ohio basically begins to look like the canvas of a Bob Ross painting.
As hard as winter can be, we love living in Northeast Ohio, and try to embrace our long winters. There is a lot of beauty that comes with snow, and fun that comes with snow/cold days off from school. We use this time together playing board games, having mini olympics in the basement, building forts out of cushions & pillows, and watching movies. I want to leave those of you who are living these polar vortexes and blizzards first hand, with a little glimmer of hope. Just remember Spring will be here in 50 some days.
~Love H-Bomb Ties