Waiting for Big Snow!
I moved to Chicago in 1986. In the years that I have lived here, Da Bears have won a Super Bowl, the Sox have won a World Series, the Chicago Bulls have won 6 championship titles, the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, and the Cubs…well, they came very, very close to winning a World Series.
Aside comment #1 – I am writing this blog post at 12:56 a.m., it’s snowing and my neighbor is out shoveling his sidewalk. Doesn’t that seem ODD?
I missed the great Chicago blizzard of 1967, when 23 inches of snow fell on Chicago. Joe, however, told Cole and I lots of stories about that historic blizzard. His older brothers made him take his sled and go to the store for two gallons of milk. He trudged through snow banks taller them him, uphill both ways. Coming home was especially hard, with two heavy gallons of milk that kept falling off the sled, but he prevailed and made it home. Joe’s story was an odd combination of the movies Christmas Story and Dr. Zhivago.
In 1999, Joe, Cole, and I were visiting my parents in Houston when 21.6 inches of snow fell on Chicago. Joe’s sister and brother-in-law had offered to take care of my Doberman, Moose, while we were in Houston. The plan was for them to come to our house several times a day to let Moose in and out. When the blizzard hit, it snowed 18.6 inches in 24 hours. It was impossible for the snowplows to keep up. My brother- and sister-in-law (Joe’s sister is NOT a quitter) walked from their house to ours, covering 3.3 miles in 18.6 inches of snow to care for Moose. A kind soul stopped and offered them a ride on their return walk home. When we arrived home, the blizzard was over, Moose had been lovingly cared for, and the snow had been shoveled. Cole demanded to see “Big Snow.”
Aside comment #2 – Mr. Neighbor is still shoveling. I thought you would want to know.
Its been 11 years since Cole’s first demand for “Big Snow” and it looks like he is about to be rewarded for his patience. A blizzard is expected to bless Chicago with18 inches of snow between Monday night and Wednesday afternoon.
Big Snow means delayed and canceled airline flights. Cole and I are scheduled to fly to the very place (New Mexico) the blizzard is rolling in from on Thursday for my dad’s 80th birthday party, which has been planned for over a year (shhh, it’s a surprise). Oh snow!
My choices are to get all out of “snowrts” or to just “snowrender.” I choose Big Snow excitement. We will be enjoying the blizzard to its fullest. On Thursday, we will deal with canceled and delayed flights at the airport, enjoying airport Cinnabons and the Internet. Eventually we will fly.
Aside comment #3 – Mr. Neighbor has stopped shoveling and gone inside. I no longer hear the scraping of the shovel, so I’m sure he went inside. Ok fine, I will walk outside and make sure the neighbor that once complained because I got 10 drops of water on his sidewalk while watering my flowers is not frozen to his shovel or worse.
I hope you are happy! The neighbor is fine, but my socks are wet, since I couldn’t find my boots.
It is now 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning and the blizzard is progressing nicely. I think we will have a snow day today. Not that it matters, since Cole is sniffling, sneezing, coughing, aching, and running a fever. Yep, my parents are sure going to be happy to see us when we arrive Thursday, smelling of Cinnabons and Cole with a runny nose and hacking cough.
Thank you for indulging me while I wait for the Chicago blizzard of 2011. More riveting updates are sure to follow, so stay tuned. I think it’s time to walk outside and take a snow picture. Do you want to see Mr. Neighbor’s shoveled sidewalk? Does anyone know where I put my boots?
Oh wait!!! I am dying to know, what kind of meals would you fix to eat during a blizzard? I considered ordering takey outey but well…maybe not. Don’t worry I do have the essentials in place; little bottles of cokes, hot chocolate ,mini marshmallows, and Starbucks coffee.
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