By Laura LaVoie
In January 2011, I was living on the 16th floor of a high-rise apartment just north of Atlanta, Georgia. One Sunday night, a major snowstorm rolled in. We sat in our living room and watched the snow fall fast on our parking garage.
We knew that the next day the city would be shut down. Just a couple of inches of snow in the South, without the necessary infrastructure to handle it, can cripple a city. Schools were closed, everyone stayed home from work.
Everyone, that is, except for bar staff. You see, even during a snowpocalypse, people need drinks. Our city remained pretty much closed for four days that week. Every night, Matt and I would walk to the nearest bar and enjoy a couple of beers and dinner before walking home. It was magical.
Snow days are very different for parents. When kids are out of school for an extended period of time, like they have been throughout the Midwest this year, it can impact every level of the adults’ lives. Someone might need to miss work, and not every boss understands.
The end of January 2014 brought a new winter disaster for the city of Atlanta, complete with angry calls for the Governor to make some big changes on the spot. In February, another snowstorm forced the city to brace itself once again for snow and ice. The second time, they pre-emptively closed Atlanta down.
I remember feeling the dread that week in Atlanta in 2011. The first day was delightful. Everyone was happy to be home and building snowmen. The second day was a little more stressful as we attempted to do some of our work from home. By the third and fourth days, our management, clients, and employees were in a downright panic. If I were still living in Atlanta now, I would have been one of those drivers stranded on the expressway for hours on end.
Here in Asheville, North Carolina, the National Weather Service predicts 4 to 8 inches. I have no idea whether or not we’ll see that much snow, but I do know that I am safe and warm in my tiny house, and I’m in walking distance to some pretty great bars if an emergency arises.
I’m happy that I am in a different place in my life now. I am grateful that, as a freelance worker, I can stay at home. I can still walk to the bar if I need to.
How do you spend your snow days?