Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Snow Day, Tennessee Style


Schools have closed today due to the wet roads that are quickly transitioning to ice skating rinks. As a former Ohio girl, when I hear that we are shutting down the city for a snow day, I expect to see...oh, I don't know...maybe SNOW? We've got a dusting, but nothing like the snow of my school days in Ohio.

When I first came to Tennessee in 1990, two of my boys were in elementary school. While getting ready for work one morning, I heard a cheer come from the living room. Both Juggernaut and Magoo were dancing about and singing, "No school! No school!" It was like someone told them we were having two Christmases.

Looking out of our window, I saw a very light dusting on the lawn; more like the grass was salted. Hardly the fluffy blanket of potential snowman material I expected to see, in lieu of the forecast.

"Boys, I think you've got it wrong. Maybe they meant school was out somewhere else, " I remarked. We needed to hear the news again and so, I waited for the next announcement. 

Snuggling with them on the couch, I read aloud the ticker tape announcements that were running continuously at the bottom of the news screen. As county after county drifted by, it became clear. Yes, there it was - no school for us. 

On to the next problem: how was I going to tell my boss that I wasn't coming to work because of this meager amount of snow (and I had no babysitter to use at the last minute, too)? Fate smiled on me; they had closed the office for the day. Wow.

Come to Tennessee, my friends. We've got no state income tax, beautiful mountains and snow days without snow. We've got it all. 

I've penned this homage to the Volunteer State's Snow Days. Start off in the key of G...everybody sing:

Where'd It Go?
Sung to the tune of "Let It Snow"

Oh, the weather outside is changin'
And our schedule is re-arrangin'
They told us to expect some snow - 
Where'd it go, where'd it go, where'd it go?

I thought I'd go grocery shopping
The crowds really kept me hopping
But bread and milk were a no show
Where'd it go, where'd it go, where'd it go?

We're avoiding the Northeast storm
And I'm glad things are so well in hand
We've got food, film and books - we're warm!
Where's the blizzard the weatherman planned?

Well, it's slush - then it's ice - then more slushie
At the risk of sounding mushy
The kids are crying for more snow
So where'd it go, where'd it go, where'd it go?

Go build an air-man, kids. Stay warm. 

[You know that by the time this posts, we will have a deluge of snow because I mocked Mother Nature's winter efforts. And so, dear readers, I just wanted you to know that I do understand how payback works. I'll fall and break my neck or something equally painful.]

25 comments:

  1. It's cold and raining here in greater Jacksonville. Favorite Young Man and I were out and about. We agreed it was cold. I said, It could be worse. At least we don't have ice.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Amen, sister - just like I said, it's a mess out there now! I jinxed my town. Hubzam can't get out of the driveway. I have ticked off Mother Nature.

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  2. The weather Back East is frightful,
    And your song is just delightful,
    But since I'm in warm L. A.,
    Gonna play, gonna play, gonna play!!

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  3. I just say No........... to cold and snow. Horrid stuff!

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    1. Yepper, and it's here today. It's a REAL snow day!

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  4. HI, Cherdo,

    I'll be driving through your lovely state on Monday... SO I am HOPING the SNOW is clear and the roads are NOT icy.. I have a LONG haul back to Chicago. I am not looking forward to this ride. SNOW is EVERYWHERE. Dusting or several feet high. Let me know how the roads are....THANKS!

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    1. Michael, they're a mess in East Tennessee today. Hopefully, by Monday it will be better. Regardless, be careful!

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  5. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    The plow just went down the street past my house and road crews are busy salting and cindering. Winter has sprung here in the Sunshine State! When I was a boy I reacted the same way to snow day school closing announcements. I sang and danced with glee. My mother reacted the same way you did - she looked at me with disdain (disdain that I made on my pajamas when I dribbled my cocoa on them).

    Seriously, our weather has turned nasty. Winds have been high since yesterday and we had a hard rain overnight. The property is flooded and branches are down. A cold snap is coming in the days ahead with overnight temps predicted to dip into the 20s. This is not the typical "perfect day in paradise" about which local meteorologists like to boast...... about..... with.... from.

    Anyway, I hope you watch your step on that ice and be careful driving. Have a wonderful Wednesday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. When I wrote that post, we were having a snow day that was pretty bleh. Waking up this morning, the radio informs me that the main road is a parking lot and even emergency vehicles can't get by. Hubzam went out to the truck to go to work and turned on the radio while warming up. Everything about the newscast said don't try it! We've got ice under snow and it is treacherous today.

      But, Florida? Boy, Mama Nature is ticked. Sorry to hear about the flooded yard - especially since you have 20s on the way.

      Be careful! Play it safe, SDK!

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  6. I sit here watching the news and cannot fathom going through what all of you are going through. Be careful and hope spring comes in like a lamb!

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    1. We're getting it now, but many days that are "snow days" occur because we are not equipped for winter weather. It happens so seldom.

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  7. School and work off when it snows? No state income tax? It sounds like heaven.

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    1. And it would be heaven if we didn't homeschool and my husband wasn't able to work from home...ha ha.

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  8. Something similar happens in Texas with a bit of ice. A couple of years ago, the ice shut down Dallas for the Super Bowl if you will remember! Our dance instructor was in Nashville over the weekend, and he and his wife couldn't get out of Tennessee in time to get back to our lessons last night. Really?

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    1. What kind of dancing do you do? My mom and dad danced MOST nights when I was growing up and after my Dad passed, my mom became addicted to line dancing. She loves it.

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  9. I always wanted to have a snow day when I was little. When you live in Florida, snow days are like mythical holidays. ;) Stay warm!

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    1. Oh, we've got enough "real" to share now...I'm eating my words.

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  10. I am a Canuck so i am giggling right now about your dusting of snow when we have a few feet of it. Today it is much warmer at -6C (21F) but tomorrow it will be -15C (5F). I have to love your poem and sung it to the song:)

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    1. You could record it and make it my background music.

      I'll bet the Canucks have real winter every year. When I lived in NE Ohio, we always blamed everything on "the lake affect." But Toronto was ridiculously cold the last time I was there.

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  11. I've never been to Tennessee. Would love to visit one day.

    It's been ages since I've had a hurricane day. I can't recall snow days as a child when I lived up north.

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    1. Tennessee would love you to visit! (I speak on his/her behalf on a fairly regular basis.)

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  12. Actually, I know how you feel. I've gone through countless Sundays where the sun has been nowhere to be seen.

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    1. I've got to give credit where credit is due...that was funny. ;-)

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    2. Phew, I'm glad that passed the test! ;)

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo