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Snow Day

Why do we get so anxious as adults when we here the forecast for snow? Our reasons for being anxious are legitimate. Childcare must be arranged, food shopping has to be done, emergency plans have to be made. We wonder if there will be work or school. Will we leave work early or will school have early dismissal? It’s a lot of stress on us as parents.

When we were kids it was all so simple. We would be so excited as the first flakes fell. We would huddle around the radio in the morning waiting for the local AM radio station to announce our school closing. We didn’t get automated phone calls or text messages back then.

As soon as we got the news we would head out to play. We would help Mom and Dad shovel the driveway. Mom would sometimes take us to the park. The township had a little pool of water they would freeze for us to skate on. They were happy times.

I get pleasure now from hearing the excitement in our grandchildren’s voices. The older ones are excited that they have no school. They look forward to building a snow man and going snow board riding.

The little ones look at the snow full of wonder. It’s something new for them to experience.

I hope that whatever they do, it will give them memories that will last them a lifetime.

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Stormy Weather

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It was a dreary day here in New Jersey today, but I had no idea that in the Midwest they were experiencing such devastating storms.

When my husband and I got home from doing some errands, we turned on the news only to see breaking news reports on what was happening in the states throughout the Midwest. Several people had already lost their lives and many were injured in Illinois and the surrounding area. The storms were heading towards Ohio where our son and his family live.

We called them immediately to see if they were in any danger. They were bunkered down in the basement. The tornado sirens had just gone off. However, they weren’t expected to have a tornado, just very heavy winds and rain. Their lights had flickered on and off several times. They were prepared with candles and flashlights just in case the lights went out.

The two youngest of our three grandchildren that live there thought it was fun. They were laughing and playing having no idea what could be happening outside. Their parents were playing with them and trying to make light of the situation. Our son works nights as a police officer, but thankfully tonight he was off and able to be with his family.

I remember how scary it was last year when we experienced hurricane Sandy. Although we were all nervous, we tried to keep things as normal as possible for our grandchildren here while we lived for a time with no power or water.

My heart goes out to the families here who have loved ones in the Philippines. It’s so hard to see what they are experiencing and not being close enough to help and provide support.

A few minutes ago our son and daughter-in-law sent us the “All Clear” message we were hoping for. I pray that the families here receive that same message soon from their loved ones in the Philippines.