Here in the midwest everyone is acting like a bunch of pansies over a predicted snowstorm that has not yet materialized. Maybe it will turn out to be the mother of all blizzards, but at the moment, it’s maybe an inch of accumulation and a pretty respectable wind, but nothing we Midwesterners shouldn’t be able to handle. After all, it’s winter; it’s SUPPOSED to snow here, and frankly recent weather has not been helping us uphold our winter reputation.
Midwesterners used to take a good old-fashioned blizzard in stride. Even as recently as the blizzard of 1978 (three feet of snow, we couldn’t get out of our driveway for a week) folks just did not carry on and over-react like they do now. The weather folks have been circling the wagons for days. Before even one flake of snow had fallen today, schools, churches and the like were posting cancellations for the next day. By 3 o’clock today (before any snow had fallen) my director called to tell me we were taking a snow day – for tomorrow.
What is wrong with we Midwesterners? We used to be tough. We used to take a little snow in stride. We used to get out our shovels and dig, even if it did take a week to clear the driveway. We pulled our sleds down the one clear lane of the street and walked to the store, for what might be the last gallon of milk in town, but we did not panic. We did not over-hype. We just soldiered on.
Well, no longer. Now we have 24-hour weather channels with attractive weather persons, five meteorologists on every local station, and Doppler radar. We predict, analyze and over-analyze. We whip ourselves into a panic over the impending big blizzard, which 95% of the time does not materialize as hyphed.
I’ll tell you what my weather channel is – the back window. I shovel a path to the bird feeder and glance out the window each morning. If the path is still clear, I figure “good to go.” (My husband however, has a whole different take on weather, which deserves its own post someday.)
Midwesterners, it’s time to buck up I say. Stop being sissies. Take the weather as it comes, because, after all, it’s not like we can do anything to stop it. Man up. Woman up. Be, for a god’s sake, a REAL Midwesterner!
PS: If this does turn out to be the big one, I’ll post pictures of myself shoveling tomorrow. 😦 Early reports from the Weather Panic Channel, er Weather Channel, are proving me wrong! I guess if Chicago closes Lake Shore Drive, it probably really IS bad weather. 🙂
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