Snow, in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina, is a rare and magical event. Conditions have to line up perfectly, and as a young boy, I spent many school nights alternating between the latest weather report and the window, waiting. Generally, it didn’t snow. Sometimes it did, and this brought a joyous day alternating outside play with a warm and dry off cycle indoors with hot chocolate. Snow’s evanescence made it even more sublime, since it would quickly melt, maybe even by the next afternoon as sunny temps rose way above freezing. Best days ever! I liked school just fine, but this was no contest in a little boy’s heart.
Now, I realize that snow can contribute to wrecks, power outages, missed work, disrupted schedules… the list goes on. And ice or that awful wintry mix is worse. But I still love snow. And since I don’t control the weather, whether or not I enjoy the unexpected day off changes nothing except improving my attitude around others. I really hope most everyone is able to stay home when the roads aren’t safe. (My driving doesn’t scare me. Some of the other drivers scare me a lot!)
But I still had fun. I was out at sunrise Friday morning because that moment will never come again. Photos below: