It was slushy, messy, icy, sleet-y.
But it brought us a gift.
To this family that is busier-than-it-ought-to-be, the snow and ice brought a gift.
The icy, sleet-y, messy roads shut . us . down . completely.
Basketball game 2 hours away on Friday night: Canceled
Basketball game on Saturday morning: Canceled
AAU basketball tryouts: Postponed
High school ice skating activity: Not happening
Plans for sleepovers, birthday parties, and gatherings of all kinds: Terminated
Pleas to take teenagers out for driving practice: Silenced
Requests to shop for birthday gifts, accessories, food items, or electronics: Non-existent
Aaah! The gift that the snow brought was permission (or demand!) that we stop and that for 2 blessed days we just "be."
So instead, for the past two days we've done a little of this:
and a little of this:
and a bit of this:
and some of this:
and a good bit of this:
It was delightful.
I checked to see if there was a span of time to which I could go back that would have no automobiles and yet still have electricity. But, alas, they both arrived on the scene of American history pretty much simultaneously.
So, if I want to keep my central heat, clothes washer, and flat iron, I had better not complain about the demands of my car. I can't go back in time and have one without the other.
But I sure wish I could.