Those of you that live Somewhere Else, somewhere warm and sunny, might have noticed that others of us got hit with another major snowstorm yesterday. We here in what appears to be Forever Winter were fooled by a day or two of warmth and sun earlier in the week. The snow banks diminished. We could see our driveway again. And, as every year, we were lulled into thinking winter was over. And then it snowed.
And snowed and snowed. Where I live, about an hour north of Detroit, we had nine inches of snow in just a few hours. I know because I measured it before I hauled the snow blower back out of the garage. Down in Detroit where they measure these kinds of things officially they got a little over 6 inches, leaving the region just about 2 inches shy of breaking our record for the all time snowiest winter in these parts. Gee. Maybe I should wish for one more storm.
But I probably don’t have to wish. This is, after all, Michigan. And it is not unusual for us to get snow in April…sort of a Michigan April Fool’s joke…on us…year after year.
I didn’t make it to work yesterday. I tried..really really tried. But there was too much snow falling during rush hour, too many accidents to maneuver around, too much ice on the windshield. I called my boss after an hour of driving and turned around. Katie was glad to see me.
And then….later in the afternoon the sun came out! It was a miracle!
And I was so glad to be home to watch the sun create the prettiest shadows.
And even though it was very cold I couldn’t help but go outside every time I saw something beautiful.
And whenever Katie asked to go out. Which seemed to be quite often. So I got a little laundry done, some cooking done, some reading done. But mostly I sat and watched the snow come down, then watched the sun play with lines and shapes on the fresh snow…
…and took some deep breaths and tried to relax before heading into the office again today.
I don’t want to think about any more spring snow storms. So I think I will just hide my head in the sand…um…snow until it’s really summer.