I have to admit to some ambivalence about the heavy snow storms that have dumped close to two feet of snow from the North Carolina mountains to Boston in the last couple of weeks.
We experienced several major snowfalls when we lived in the Washington D.C. area ... and I miss them because they brought the hectic life of a major metropolitan area to a halt. People were forced to cope with the storms effect and it was always satisfying to stoke up the fire, drink hot chocolate and watch the snow as it blanketed the trees and ground.
If our experience is any guide, there was little toliet paper, milk and other necessities left in the stores in the Washington D.C. area.The first snowflake brings a certain panic and a run on the grocery and hardware stores. Shovels fly out of your local hardware shop.
Of course snow storms aren't all fun and games and in many isolated communities, especially along the spine of the Appalachia mountains, people can be faced with serious challenges.
So, I miss the beauty, stillness and neighborhood camaraderie associated with such snowfalls. I am actually glad that I now live in the wine region of Northern California were we don't have them!
So to all my friends along the Eastern seaboard, Enjoy your holidays and the snow. HO - HO - HO!