Posts Tagged ‘ snow ’

I’m back.

Whoa. I know. It’s been so long since I blogged I almost don’t remember how. Well that’s not really true because blogging is really just typing and since you’re reading this I clearly haven’t forgotten how to type. Or write run on sentences.

I feel like I should go back and get you all caught up on life here in HuYoung Heaven but that would require TIME. Time is a precious commodity around here. Life with a newborn is a little hectic and a lot amazing. Amelia is 10 weeks old already. It really does go by fast. Except for in the middle of the night. Nights can d-r-a-g. But we are having so much fun enjoying her and experiencing all the”firsts” of her life.

Yesterday was her first real snow. We had some flurries last week, but yesterday it snowed all day long and we ended up with about 4 inches. Not too shabby for Tennessee.

We all stayed in our jammies most of the day yesterday, but that didn’t stop us from taking Amelia outside in her jams to get her picture taken in the snow. If we don’t take 587 pictures of our child each week we start to doubt our parenting abilities.

 

The Long Winter

Something about all this snow we’re having this year is messing with me.  It’s actually making me feel like we are having winter. Real, honest to goodness winter. I think we’ve had 4 real snows this winter. And by real, I mean “deep enough to track a cat.”

When I was a kid, there was an elderly couple at church that could predict how many snowfalls we would have each winter. Seriously. They were never off by more than 1 or 2. They used an old Indian trick – something to do with the moon I think. I really can’t remember. But anyway, the snowfall only counted if it was deep enough to track a cat.

Remember in The Long Winter when the old Indian comes into town and warns everyone that it is going to be a hard winter? He says that every 7th winter is hard, and that every 21st winter is especially hard. And he was right. That winter (a 21st) was harsh.

I think those Indians were on to something.

Now I really want to know what that snowfall prediction trick is! Just googled it….nothing. I can’t remember the last time google failed me like this. Mom? Do you remember? Now I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight.  I need to know how harsh this southern winter is going to be.

Snow Day in Tennessee

Our poor county, and state, and heck, the whole South in general, always takes a lot of flack when it snows. And the reason?

They cancel school the night before it snows.

But honestly, I might do the same. When there are no snow plows, how are the buses supposed to run safely? I wouldn’t want one of my kids riding a big yellow bus through unplowed streets. And what’s winter without a snow day or two? But I digress.

What I really want to talk about are the radio stations. Why do they feel like it’s a good idea to play Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” when there is an inch of unplowed snow on the ground?

Let’s take a little listen to the lyrics.

She had a lot on her mind and she didn’t pay attention
She was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning
On a thin black sheet of glass

She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn’t even have time to cry
She was so scared
She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own

Ok, that’s enough.

I heard this song twice on my 30 minute drive home tonight. Is this the kind of driving advice the DJ’s are giving out?

Hit a patch of ice? Here’s what to do: Throw your hands up in the air and sing a 30 second chorus before you steer to the side of the road.

Great idea. Fabulous. Drive fast, don’t pay attention, and if you start to skid, throw those hands up in the air.

To quote the Professor from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, “What do they teach in school these days?”