Winter Gridlock 2014*

So the thing about snow warnings in the South is that we rarely believe them. I mean, we hope for snow and heaven knows that we clear all the milk and bread out of the grocery stores, but we don’t really believe the snow will come. It’s just too rare.

Last night I read that the southern part of Alabama was supposed to get snow today; the forecast also said that Birmingham might get a “dusting.” I interpreted that to mean, “BIRMINGHAM, THERE WILL BE NO SNOW FOR YOU TOMORROW,” and I didn’t think much more of it.

About 9:30 this morning, though, it started snowing, and I still couldn’t imagine that it would amount to much. But around 10:45 my work sent everybody home. Schools all over the area were dismissing early, and I thought I had plenty of time to get to Alex since his school wasn’t getting out until 11:30. I was surprised by how much snow was on the ground when I got outside, but once I got in the car, turned on my windshield wipers and made my way out of the parking lot, I felt like everything was gonna be okay.

Well.

It only took about five seconds on the road to realize that the pavement was way icier than I had realized. Traffic was bumper to bumper and moving slowly, but I didn’t feel panicked or anything like that. Granted, there were a couple of times when the warning light for slick roads came on in my car, and it took me a second to figure out what it was because I HAD NEVER SEEN IT LIGHT UP BEFORE, but I kept moving down the road ever-so-cautiously. I figured that worst case scenario I might be a little late to pick up Alex if the traffic kept moving that slow.

Eventually I made it to my turn, but I noticed that no one was driving up the big hill to my right. I found out later that a car had run off the hill, but at the time I just figured it was too icy, so I turned around and thought I’d take a different route. I started to look at all the side roads and think about what hills I might encounter, and over the next minute or so a really sad realization started to sink in: I am not going to be able to make it to Alex’s school. David was leaving his office about that same time, though, so I figured that either he or one of our friends would be able to pick up Alex. I was trying really hard not to panic.

Only I wasn’t doing so well with the whole not-panicking thing.

There was one big-ish hill that I needed to climb in order to head back in the direction of work, and since the cars ahead of me didn’t seem to be having too many problems, I figured it would be okay to give it a try. It must have taken 30 minutes to move 100 yards – traffic was barely moving by that point – and there were a couple of times when my wheels would just spin and spin without me making any forward progress. All I knew to do was pray, “Lord, help me up this hill. Lord, help me up this hill. Lord, help me up this hill” – and after I put my car in the lowest possible gear, I finally made it to the red light. At that point I started praying, “Lord, help me make this turn. Lord, help me make this turn” – I was SCARED OUT OF MY MIND. I mean, I know that cold weather and icy roads is nothing to you folks in other parts of the country, but down here, WE DO NOT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE THESE THINGS.

After I made the turn I was a nervous wreck; cars were sliding and spinning and a couple were on the side of the road. David had started to realize that he wasn’t going to be able to make it home from his office, so we were trying to coordinate how to get Alex, but cell service got jammed and we couldn’t talk. Traffic was still just barely creeping, and I started to have visions of winding up on the news because I was trapped in my car. Plus, I noticed that I only had about 1/4 tank of gas, so I started to whittle down my options: go back to work (which was only about 1/4 mile away), go to a gas station, or try to get to the house. Two of those options involved hills, so I picked the one that didn’t and went back to work.

Since cell service still wasn’t working, D and I were dependent on texts, and over the course of the next hour, we must have had 10 different plans to get Alex home. Every single one of them fell through, though, because people were having trouble getting to his school.

And my mama heart was very sad.

By three I had started to realize that the folks in my little family were pretty much stuck. We knew that somebody could probably get to Alex (and sure enough, our neighbor Jeremy made it to the school) – but whether or not they’d be able to get home was another story. D and I decided that since Alex’s teacher was staying for the duration, we’d rather that he stay at school – where it was warm and he could play with his friends – than to get on the road and risk not making it home. It probably won’t surprise you that A was DELIGHTED with this decision and seemed to think that he had stumbled into THE GREATEST ADVENTURE OF HIS LIFE, oh bless him.

Roads are still a mess here. I have heard stories all afternoon of people who were in their cars for six or seven hours before they abandoned the cars and started walking. Some cars slid off the road and into the Cahaba River. There are thousands of people who are still in their cars and stuck on the roads. It’s supposed to be super cold tonight and again tomorrow.

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Isn’t that surreal?

There are still about 200 kids at Alex’s school, and they’re all spending the night there tonight (with their phenomenal teachers). Alex’s teacher will take such good care of him (and from what I hear, the kids are having a blast). David is staying at his office tonight, and I’m staying at my work. I really am glad that we didn’t try to brave the roads – because we’d still be on them. My little family is just fine even if we’re not all together. Hopefully we’ll be able to get back home tomorrow.

So. I think it’s safe to say that the state of Alabama would appreciate your prayers. And I really thought I would try to make this post lighthearted since the whole day has been so full of serious, but I decided about a half hour ago that none of this is funny to me yet. It will be. Eventually. But I’m gonna have to give it some time. :-)

Even still, I think this is a pretty good assumption for tomorrow:

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(It made me laugh when someone sent me that on Twitter.)

(It’s so true.)

Y’all stay warm and hug your people real tight tonight.

And just for the record: when I finally get home, I reserve the right to never leave again.

Amen.

(* They really are calling it Winter Gridlock.)

(* I’ve never heard of such, but I appreciate the originality.)

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  1. Dearheart, when you venture out tomorrow, get to the store and, along with milk and bread buy yourself a couple bags of kitty litter. If you get stuck, you pour the litter underneath your wheels and you will get traction. Only put the litter under the wheels that your car uses. Front wheels for front wheel drive, rear wheels for rear wheel drive.

    And southern snow is slipperier than northern snow. i have had issues with a skiff of snow in both Atlanta and Fort Hood, Texas. And I have no problems driving up the canyons in the middle of a huge snowstorm here in Salt Lake City.

    Now get you some kitty litter and keep it in your trunk until summer.

  2. OH! Never, ever let your gas tank get below half a tank in the winter.

    I’m done now.

    • Oh, c’mon! Be nice – what a scary situation!!! Who would have expected that???

    • This is good advice, period. We live in SoCal, so we never have to worry about weather (well except rain, which DOES scare the native Californians). But one beautiful sunny day in September 2011 quickly turned to a nightmare when power went out through all SoCal and AZ…and every traffic light was useless. It took us seven hours to coordinate and get home which was further complicated because we were low on gas…which was further complicated because gas stations cannot pump gas without power. So….ladies everywhere, keep your tank above half! :)

  3. I can’t stop thinking about how crazy this is for you guys!

  4. Praying for you and your little family!

  5. my son and his family live in b’ham…it took him 4 hours to go 10 miles from work to home! he lives off 119 and had to stop at school and day care for kids and had to leave his truck at the entrance of his subdivision where he said cars were all over the place…he started out walking with the kids but fortunately someone gave them a ride to the house…my DIL works near the galleria and left there at 11:00 this morning and didn’t get him until 7:30 p.m. this is crazy!

  6. Ansley Russell (Kniskern) says:

    Your floor mats also work well to help with traction in an icy situation…just FYI!!

  7. You poor people. I am certain that your son is having the TIME OF HIS LIFE even if you are not. I live in the land of ice and snow and cannot imagine having to navigate very icy, snow covered roads without winter tires. It scares me. And I lived in Northern Alberta where it snows pretty much 8 months of the year. So glad you are warm and safe even if you are all apart tonight.
    Hang in there!

  8. Sophie, I have tears in my eyes reading this. And if this situation is never funny to you, it is ok. God bless you and your family tonight and God especially bless all the teachers throughout the South that are taking care of their students tonight.

  9. ohmygosh. You absolutely WILL find this funny someday, but I totally get that you are a bit of a wreck tonight. Wow! Those teachers deserve some serious snow days to recover, and they might as well because you mamas won’t be letting your babies out of sight for days, I’m guessing. You did the right thing for sure. I grew up in Alaska between two giant hills, and we had some SCARY slippin’ and slidin’ when I was little.
    I hope you find some excellent entertainment on the Interwebs tonight to keep you distracted, and I pray for peace and a little bit of rest for all of you! Take care!
    PS – I fully realize it is ridiculous that although I grew up in Alaska and live in Oregon, I develop a bit of a southern accent even in my writing after I’ve spent some time on your blog! :) Chalk it up to the power of Boomama’s “voice”.

  10. We had our own little Snowpocalypse the week before Christmas out here in southern Oregon. School was cancelled for a week because it snowed about six inches, half melted, and then froze and stayed below 32 for DAYS on end. My school district superintendent’s husband is from Boston and was mocking all of us because we were letting a little snow keep us from our activities; therefore, we all smirked a bit when he ended up sliding off the road and totalling his car (smirking only because he was completely unharmed and the car was well-insured and, well, HUBRIS). Praying you all have a joyous reunion tomorrow and that the laughter comes soon!

    • Unbeleivable! I am from hilly Chattanooga and remember when we would be shut down for days often without electricity due to ice. As an adult we had a fireplace and gas grill, just in case. Laughed as I remembered In those school days our superintendent refused to cancel school until he fell on him bottom as he went to get his morning paper from his FLAT driveway. He cancelled as soon as he made it back inside! Safety first.

  11. the same thing happened in Arkansas 14 years ago when my daughter we born we tried to leave the hospital to drive the 1 & 1/2 hours home but realized quick that was not going to happen. I was crying my eyes out wondering how we were going to survive in a car with a newborn. we even tried going back up the hill to the hospital. finally my husband parked at a nearby dr office complex, got a wheelchair for me and stowed me and the baby in the lobby while he walked to the hospital and asked if we could stay another night. we did. then my dad came to rescue us the next day in his 4 wheel drive ( 1 foot of snow by now) and it took us 4 hours to get home.

  12. This kind of gridlock happened to me once in Nashville. They let us workmen and all of the school kids out for snow at the same time about mid-morning on a weekday, and I will have you know I sat on the same stretch of interstate- I-40 West to be exact, moving maybe 7 miles for almost 8 hours. you couldn’t get gas, the gas stations and roads to them were so clogged- I waited two hours trying and then just gave up. I eventually made it up the interstate to the exit for the Nashville airport where I parked and they were letting folks come in and rest until the gridlock cleared. It was surreal. I’ve never felt more helpless, frustrated, bewildered, and bumfuddled. I finally made it home close to ten o’clock that evening- 12 hours after I’d started. I apologize for relating to you my saga, but I believe after sharing it here that I may have chosen to block that trauma from my mind for forever after it happened, because I had totally forgotten until now and I feel I may begin to shudder or twitch or curl up in the fetal position if I think about it much longer! I hope you all make it home for a glorious reunion tomorrow- and don’t have to get in your car again for a good long time!

  13. I can feel that panic when you just want your babies right beside you. Saying prayers for those stranded tonight and hoping Alex enjoys the largest slumber party he’ll ever attend. God bless our teachers!

  14. Well, I am an Alaskan girl, born and bred – who moved to Chicago – and now is living overseas. anyway … I can’t tell you how many times I uttered those SAME prayers in Alaska with studded snow tires and lots of experience. When you are facing a hill and it seems like it’s not going to happen, that you will indeed slide backwards – you pray like you’ve never prayed before!! I am with you sister.

    But, the folks back home in Alaska do seem to be more prepared and yes, they keep weight in the back of their vehicles.

    One time, many many years ago when I was a house cleaner in Anchorage, I had a bag of wet rags in my backseat and they were my ticket out of being stuck — I truly stuck them on the ice and under my tires and in front of my tires and drove out of the rutted mess of ice and snow that I had gotten myself into. Necessity is the mother of invention.

    God bless you Boo Mama and may you have dry roads very soon. Bless your heart.

  15. Mary Kat's Mom says:

    It has been fun being stuck with you but as you say, not really that much fun. I want to sleep so badly and am praying we will be out of here tomorrow by noon. I hope you can sleep!!!

  16. Samford has been shut down for hours and this Florida girl has never been so happy with all the snow (first time ever!) – and then never been so nervous to walk (inch) across icy parking lots. I don’t even know what to do with all of this. Teachers and commuters are stuck on campus, Lakeshore has been shut down for hours, and people are sleeping on blowup mattresses in the gym. I know students have been walking Lakeshore with blankets and food, but seeing 280 and so many other pictures just completely blows my mind. Stay warm and stay safe! I’m praying tonight for full tanks, high heat, and only a fun time for all the kids stuck at school.

  17. From a teacher who is still awake at 2:00 am with about 100 sleeping girls in the library. …it has been a day. My family is all displaced, but safe. I am just praying the roads are better tomorrow.

    • Kristen: I don’t know you but I love you! Prayers from Kansas for you and yours!

    • Kristen – Bless you and others like you who give their all, day in and day out without the recognition you deserve daily but especially in times of tremendous need. Prayers from Missouri!

    • Kristen –
      Praying that you get to go home today and take a good warm bath and a good nap. Bless you for taking good care of those kids!

    • Lord bless you, Kristen! In 32 1/2 years of teaching, I have never been in your situation! This is certainly an experience the students and the staff will always remember! You’ll have a great story to tell at your retirement celebration , someday, and those kids (and parents!) will always remember you taking care of them. Thinking of you from Ohio!!

  18. Oh my. There is nothing fun about any of this (for the grown ups, anyway). I am so glad that y’all l have a warm, dry place to be instead of sleeping in your car(s).

    But how in the world are you going to do your hair in the morning?

    Sincerely,
    Concerned in KY

  19. Going up a hill you might not make on ice while praying for a green light at the top is hard and not funny in any country. Up here in canada we are spoiled, our road crews would’ve had salt on those roads ahead of the snow so don’t let anyone tell you it wasn’t scary and hard. Winter driving is harder in the south because there’s no reason to be equipped for it.

  20. Our B’ham son & his wife & daughter all spent the night in separate places because they were caught on the icy roads. His wife and daughter were each taken in by friends who were near the areas they got caught in it. He drove from noon Tuesday until 4:30 am Wed. before he got back home, but did finally make it there. We are SO thankful to the Lord that he is home safely!! Like you, I’m sure this will be funny at some point, but not yet. Praying for all those who are still separated from loved ones or are out in the weather.

  21. Glad you are okay!! This is what we have to work with each day from late November until March! I live in Sault Ste. Marie, michigan! Love my 4 wheel drive avalanche! I think we have received over 100 inches so far this year, ugh!

  22. Kathleen G says:

    Watching the news and just read Bigmama and just read your post and read the comments(awesome followers with warm thoughts and good advise) thankful that you and your family are warm and safe. It would be a BIG deal here in Phoenix if we had the same weather conditions. Crazy winter weather back east this winter. Kathleen in Az

  23. So crazy and scary! Glad you all were safe and made the right decision. NOW BRING ON THE SPRING FOR THE LOVE.

  24. My mommy eyes teared up for you because I can’t even…I have lived in Connecticut 18 years, South Carolina 5 years, and now Florida for 18 years, and driving in snow is not like riding a bike – you do forget. Be safe! (And now I guess I can’t say I’m 39…well, poop!)

  25. Listen, I live in the flattest place on earth and it’s still hard to drive on ice – don’t let anybody tell you that Southerners are over-reacting. A glaze of ice will turn the hardiest of Northerners into screaming crazy people if they have to drive on it.

    Bless you heart! (And I mean that in a good way!) I hope you have a good book to read and all kinds of fun things to entertain you. Maybe this is God’s way of making sure your next book will be number one on the NYTimes list because your story about this night is going to be priceless!

  26. We’re experiencing the same effects of Winter Gridlock in the ATL. It’s all so unbelievable! Prayers with you and your family that you are back together soon!

  27. Bless you, BooMama! I prayed for you yesterday and pray that today things are better. So glad you and your people are all safe and I hope things get better today. I have absolutely no idea how to drive on icy roads either and the thought of being in such a situation absolutely terrifies me!

  28. I’m so sorry. Prayers and love are going out to you from all over from your faithful readers! Praying the Lord gives you His comfort and peace. Many stories to share in the future, I’m sure! Here in Knoxville, we were caught off guard as well but did not experience the gridlock like you in AL or ATL. Hang in there!

  29. When I saw that Birmingham had the same weather conditions as is north Georgia folks! I thought about you. I know folks poo poo when schools close and nothing happens. But this time, most places waited just too late and we have children and adults trapped in a number of schools. And people sitting in their cars all night. It is tragic. Yesterday a baby was born in the Atlanta gridlock. What a way to start your life! For me, I am at home with my car parked at the end of my drive and babysitting my grand dog. We have heat, food, power. Many blessings.

  30. Oh, Sophie, this made me cry for you! I am praying for you and your little family to be reunited today, and for your fine state. That’s crazy!! We are in TX, and so I relate to the non-drivable roads in winter weather. So sorry!!!

  31. Rachael b says:

    Oh! How scary! I’m glad you’re all safe. I’m from Iowa so that kind of weather is normal for me but I hate it and will go to great lengths to not drive in it!
    Stay warm and safe!

  32. Bless your heart! I will definitely be praying for everyone—how scary!

  33. I just love your explanations of things. Your descriptions are so real. I am sick of snow here in Glen Allen VA. We got 4-5 inches last night. And, after last week’s snow, I am done with that snow! haha! Oh, my goodness… here comes the sunshine. Hallelujah! :-)

  34. Oh goodness. Just reading this I was feeling nervous for you. So glad you are all safe in your own locations. We went through a similar “snow mageddon” in Texas last month. It seems silly that such a small amount of snow and ice can wreak such havoc but it does. Praying that it melts quickly for you.

  35. Praying for your family and so thankful that the teachers stayed at school with the kids. What an amazing blessing.

  36. When I saw on Fox News this morning that children and teachers were camping out over night at some of the schools in the South, my heart and prayers went out to all the families affected by the snow and ice. I’m glad to hear you are all safe. I can’t imagine the drama that would erupt if we had to experience snow here in San Diego. Our drivers can barely drive in the rain!

  37. Wow! I really hope you woke up to sunnier skies this morning in more ways than one! Sounds like you made all the right decisions, though, as you all ended up some place warm. And thanks for reminding me of a decision I made once several years ago. We live in Central Texas and hardly get snow/ice. After one snow that indeed did not stick and my kids *missed* playing in it, I promised them that the instant there is a flake or sleet in the sky or I will pick them up from school. Because it’s either going to ice or they won’t get to play in it. I’ve only had once chance to make good on that promise and it meant that we got home before the traffic hit – it’s been several years, so it’s good to have a reminder of why I made that “fun” promise.

  38. I’m crying as I read this. I can totally understand you not finding this funny just yet! As a momma, my heart hurts for what you went through yesterday. Praying!!

  39. I am so glad you guys are all safe. I hope the weather improves so you can all get home soon. I live in Canada so we know all too well about the snow and ice, it is never fun, no matter where you are!! You all take care!

  40. Dearest Soph – I prayed for you and your little family all night last night. None of it is funny now – I applaud you and other teachers who stayed at school with the students while not being able to get to your own children. Another jewel in your crown, my friend!!! Love you!

  41. Oh Sophie ~ your attitude {as always} is so great. And so happy to see that A’s attitude seems to be as positive as his mama’s about this mess. So glad he wasn’t upset. But I cannot imagine the anxiety, frustration and exhaustion you were/are going through. Praying for you and yours, friend! And wishing you your own safe, warm house, some delicious Winter Gridlock dip and days of yoga pants after this is over. : )

    • Best comment I have seen yet. Someone needs to come up with a recipe for Southern Winter Gridlock dip. But of course it would need to include milk and white bread since that’s all we have on hand.

      PS I live in Greenville, SC and we got hit too. Not nearly as bad as you but still the roads were horrible last night and early this morning. I feel ya!

  42. Jennifer S says:

    Oh Sophie, bless your poor sweet heart! I would have been so panicked too! And not being able to get to your baby – that would have done me in. We got about an inch in Charlotte and it’s not very bad. I made it home yesterday just fine and got to work about 10:15 this morning. You hang in there girl and give that boy an extra squeeze for me!

  43. Sophie, I read your blog all the time but never have commented. I too am a high school English teacher and the thought of having to spend the night with them is scary!!!! Just kidding- sort of.

    Bless your heart!!! It doesn’t have to ever be funny if you don’t want it too. I live in Louisiana and know how scary ice and snow is to people who aren’t used to it. Praying hard for Alabama – my sister lives in Montgomery. :) I hope you get home today and don’t have to go back to school until Monday!

  44. Julie in Michigan says:

    Feeling your pain here in Michigan. We are used to it and it is still scary for us on the roads. It’s been record breaking cold here for 3 days and schools have been closed. They even closed the Big University and that never happens! Keep your chin up Sophie and I’m glad you and your family are all ok. Hugs from Frigid Michigan.

  45. Jenni Young says:

    My daughter was also caught in the 280 nightmare! 8 hours to travel 3 miles! Stopped at the Marriott and was allowed to stay in the lobby! Did get a room late that night! Such a frightening day but many prayer warriors prayed her and many others through!

  46. Sophie, I am so glad that you are all safe. Sometimes sheltering in place is the best option, as awful as it seems at the time. I am an Alabama girl living in Wyoming (I go to school in Utah) and the only advantage we have in the snow is experience and the fact they treat the roads/plow all the time. I know you will be happy to have your family back together and I hope it’s sometime today!

  47. Tracey Knight says:

    sophie!!! y’all have been on my heart! praying for sun & quick MELTING to get you all HOME! when this is all said & done & you are laughing about it, i’m requesting a post of “all the things you need for an unexpected overnight.” :)
    hoping you get to schedule a mental health day at home ASAP!

  48. Praying for you. I am from the south but have lived in the north and they do not get ice on the roads like in the south because the temp is not hovering around 32 which causes snow to melt and freeze and make a lovely layer of ice. Also, winter gridlock is a thing! I experienced it in Raleigh in 2005 – sort of like what happened in atlanta. It was so scary. So glad your son is safe and having the best time at school! What an adventure. I hope you get home soon and can get under your covers and enjoy a television marathon.

  49. I live in Illinois and Mother Nature has not been kind to us this winter. I am so sorry you were separated from your family but glad that you are all safe. I know firsthand how scary it is to be stranded and I also know it is no fun. I hope the ice and snow melt quickly for everyone in the country.

  50. mary in idaho says:

    Even for those of us who get lots of snow every winter, we take “ice” very seriously. You were wise to stay put. Praying for you and your family.

  51. I am so sorry y’all got stuck, Sophie. Praying for all the people of Alabama. Also praying that your school has the “somewhere between Sonic and Hardees” good ice. ;)

  52. When I saw the photo I immediately thought of Chicago. Glad to hear that “alternative measures” worked out. BTW, I’m reading your book and loving it! Blessings!

  53. Prayers with you and the people of Birmingham. Unbelievable!!

  54. “and my mama heart was very sad”….i can only imagine. prayers for you and your little family and the rest of the alabama-ians as they brave this winter storm (darn polar vortex). i’m a teacher here in texas, and that was all the talk this morning…having to stay the night with our sweet angel students…you see, i teach jr. high…and dear Lord…not sure i could be locked up in this school with those sweethearts all night :) your teacher deserves a special prize for sure!! can’t wait to hear all about it on the next bigboo cast!!

  55. Hang in there! I’m glad you all opted for places where you were safe and warm. I’m sure tomorrow will be better. I’m a Utahn, and the roads generally clear up pretty quickly. Of course, we have that snow plow thing going for us here, but I’m sure it’s all going to sort itself out before you know it. And Alex gets his adventure!

  56. Praying for comfort, peace, health, and safety for you and your family. God bless those teachers who staying with and looking after their students so that parents can worry a little less!

  57. What a nightmare for you. I’m so sorry. You’re right, though: One day you’ll look back at this and laugh. Stay warm!

  58. Hope everyone is home safe and sound! I love how you can write about this with humor, and hoping you have a chance to be home with everyone before returning back to the regular routine :)

  59. I’m not tech enough to be on Twitter so please let us know everyone is home safe and sound. Praying.

  60. Well. The advice you have solicited…

    When I saw your post on Twitter, I just felt heartsick for you. I’m so glad A thought it was fun! I said prayers for you guys. Then I realized I might have crossed a line when I told someone I had a friend who’s son got stuck at school in Birmingham. I didn’t have the heart to go back and say that by “friend” I meant, lady whose blog I read! Anyway, my heart was with you last night! Glad you are all home together now!

  61. Prayed for you yesterday. Just checked your twitter – praise the Lord you are all home.

  62. Oh Sophie!! I am so so sorry! Those ARE amazing teachers. I’m so glad the kids are having a blast! They’ll never forget it! What are they eating? What are you eating? Oh dear. Now I’m going to be up all night worrying about how y’all are getting food.

  63. You just never know. We keep a blanket in the truck in case we get stuck. My husband as a New Yorker scoffs. A a southern, I am cautious. I am not laughing at the situation at all! I hate driving in the least little ice, snow…I don’t care how much salt there is but I did manage to make it to the mall on 2 of the cancelled school days with my teen daughters. We do have our priorities!

  64. Oh honey. I feel your pain from the suburbs of Atlanta. It took us three hours to get our children home from school and we were blessed. So many others had it so much worse. Just bless your heart and I’m so glad you all are safe.

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