There are several memes going around social media about how the south basically shuts down at the mere mention of ice. I know it seems that way, and to people north of us, it seems preposterous. Please remember: we are not used to ice, sleet, or snow. Our roads are not built the same way ; we do not have salt trucks or snow plows; our power lines are ill equipped to handle ice in any form. So, yes, when it freezes down here in the south, we worry. We have reason. Most of us have lived through an ice storm or two. They aren’t as “casual” as you may think. Here, in the south, ice storms mean no electricity for days, possibly weeks. It means possibly no running water due to frozen pipes. Businesses shut down because frankly the traveling conditions are too hazardous. In these temperatures, our homeless people die of hypothermia, because we really don’t have that many shelters. So if you can, imagine being stuck in your home with no electricity, water, and little, if any, heat. Then joke about how the south reacts to the threat of ice or snow.
Today, my husband and oldest son have literally spent hours pulling people out of ditches down the road from our house. They weren’t driving too fast or out of control. They were driving slow down a country road covered in not only ice, but ice that has melted, mixed with other particles from the road, and refrozen.(See, the south gets to have all four seasons in literally 48 hours. We get 80 degree temps with sunshine, then some wind, bringing it down to 75…add some rain. Immediately it drops to 50 with the ‘real feel’ of 35. And next, it’s 20 degrees causing the rain to freeze on the roadways, also causing rain to turn to sleet, mixed with snow. Repeat cycle.) This causes ridiculous amounts of ice build up that we are not use to having. With no salt trucks to dispense salt and clear the roads, our interstates are literally shut down. It is a nightmare. So, as must of us are doing today, I am snuggled warm in my bed with tons of comforters and quilts, preparing birth plans, reading over contracts, and blogging. Later on we will have no choice but to fold the mass of clean laundry that has been piling in my room for days. Churches may cancel services tomorrow as well, so I’m pretty sure a Netflix binge watching of the Arrow is in our future. Thankfully, we still have electricity. Some of our neighbors are not so fortunate. I pray we keep ours. I’m signing off for now and going back to my warm bed and hot coffee. Stay safe and warm everyone!