We kept getting bulletins on the television calling for a winter storm. Richmond County’s name kept popping up with forecasts of snow.
I thought for sure that I was going to be snowed in Monday and not able to go to work. Just in case, I stocked up on groceries.
I was restless Sunday night, worried about the storm and having to miss work. I kept waking up and looking out the window to see what was happening. Nothing as far as I could tell.
I got up early Monday morning.
When I cut on the television the screen was filled with a long list of school closings and delays. Richmond County was not among them.
It was pitch dark outside when I picked up the phone and called a friend who has a child in school. She keeps me up-to-date on school openings and closings. “School’s open,” she said. “No delays.”
I was surprised.
My friend was already dressed and in the process of curling her hair.
After chatting for a few minutes, I hung up the phone and started getting dressed. There would be no skipping work this day.
The television reports were extensive.
It seemed that nearly every school in the state was closed. The weather forecasters were warning folks to stay off the roads. The rare March snowstorm forced the close of schools and the delay of college classes.
As much as a foot of snow fell in western North Carolina and 10 inches were recorded in South Carolina.
It suited me just fine that Richmond County missed all except a touch of snow. It was business as usual.
When I opened the front door to head out to work I was surprised to find my car was covered with snow. The roads were clear, but the car was a mess.
I creeped down the stairs to warm up the car and defrost the snow. My plan didn’t work. I couldn’t open the car door, it was frozen shut. I finally gave up and went back inside.
Thirty minutes later, I tried again.
After fussing and muttering to myself, I finally got the car door to open, started the engine, turned the heater on high and defrosted the windshield. I was late getting to work, but I got there.
If you want snow, you can have it.
I say: Bring on spring!
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