As I sit here typing this post I am safe in my home, and my son is napping soundly in his crib. Thanks be to God for that! Yesterday was spent in the car in a traffic jam as I picked him up from daycare.
I was one of the lucky ones. Many parents were unable to get to their kids. Several of little buddy’s classmates were left to spend the night at daycare.
My husband is still not home from the snowstorm that hit Birmingham (and much of the south) yesterday. He spent the night at work. And he is en route to home now. I am blogging to distract myself.
I am nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs! I want him home with me. With us. Right now. I will be a nervous wreck until he is here.
But I am thankful that there are about three and a half hours still left of daylight. Hopefully he can get at least within walking distance by then. You think I am kidding, but people have been abandoning cars here. It is crazy!
Our neighbors to the north think we are idiots. Let me assure you: We are not idiots. Our metro are was told Monday night by the National Weather Service that at most we would only see a light dusting on Tuesday with no accumulation, if that.
Also, our already-strapped-for-cash local governments do not invest money and resources into cold weather-related equipment that would only get used once every five years or so. It’s just not practical. Therefore we do not have the infrastructure to deal with much snow. And especially not ice!
So yesterday when the snow and ice started to come down, businesses and schools dismissed immediately. The only problem was that it left the entire metro area on the road at the exact same time. Nobody could get anywhere. It was a complete disaster. Many people were stuck sleeping in their cars overnight in single digit temps.
Dire situations like this really put things into perspective, though. Cars don’t matter. Things don’t matter. People do matter. Family matters. And there is no place like home!
Y’all stay safe and warm out there! And say a prayer for the people still stranded and/or stuck away from home. Like my hubby!
Update: He made it home! Little buddy was very glad to see his Dada.