My goodness, what a difference a week makes! If the forecasters are right, we are once again nudging the thermometer up toward 70 degrees.
Think back to what it was like a week ago — snow and ice!
When they were predicting it all and telling us that the ice was likely to cause power outages, I’m sure we all had our little checklists going.
Make sure the generator starts. Check!
Get fuel for generator and grill. Check!
Fill lamps. Check!
Fill water bottles. Check!
Batteries in flashlights. Check!
Book downloaded on iPad. Check!
Firewood on porch. Check!
Large Boston butt roast in slow cooker. Check!
Then, once we assured ourselves that all our family and friends were home safe and sound, we settled in to watch it snow, eat pork and listen to the TV weathermen tell us about how much snow had fallen, who was stuck in it and what else might be on the way, and how we should stay home until they gave an all-clear.
Fortunately, we didn’t lose power, so we watched the snow melt, ate pork, poured out the water, put away the kerosene lamps, built a fire in the fireplace anyway, ate pork, watched the same stuck cars on TV, and finally finished the pork.
I hope we are done with snow and ice for this year. When you don’t have kids around to enjoy it, it loses a lot of its charm.
—Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.