Friday, January 19, 2007

Are you kidding me?

I watched the Fox34 local news report last night to find out what they were saying about the snow storm that is scheduled to hit our area any minute. While finding out that we are expected to get 4" to 12" (depending who you listen to) and that there is a 100% chance of snow (who says anything is 100% for sure?), I heard a story that caught my attention. It confirms the feelings I got yesterday while running errands. This town gets crazy at the thought of 4 inches of snow! Let me just tell you some of the things that I experienced before I relate the news story to you.

First of all, our pre-school regularly dismisses at 2:30. I usually wake the kids from nap time at 2:15. At 1:30 I returned a message from Honey, and he said that about an hour before, our school district had decided to enforce an early dismissal for the next day, in anticipation of the storm that was forcasted to come in the next 24 hours or so. While I was on the phone with Honey, at 1:40, a mom came to pick up her child. She just wanted to get home a little early. I hadn't gotten the first child out the door when the next mom arived. I had a steady stream of "early"moms and by 2:15 my entire class was gone! Gone! 15 minutes early, my entire class was gone...in anticipation of the snow storm forcasted to come in the next 24 hours. So far I am not complaining, just in shock!

Anyways, I pack up and leave school early thinking I will have time to go by the bank on my way to pick up Bubba. I called my Dad on the cell and he informs me that one of our supermarkets is completely out of bread, milk, and eggs. Completely out! Still not complaining, but I am thankful that I did my grocery shopping early Wednesday morning. (Not really to prepare for the storm, mainly because we were out of food at our house!) At this point I am thinking, everyone is really excited to get snowed in!

After picking up Bubba I found the nearest place to buy gas that didn't have a 30 minute line to wait in, (again, not because of the storm, because my gas light was flashing) and went to fill my two water bottles up, because we barely had enough water to make coffee that morning. At the water place I experienced another first, I had to wait in line to buy water. I never have to wait in line to buy water! The lady in front of me had 9 (nine) 5 gallon water bottles to fill. At this point I'm thinking, ok, really, how long does it take for 4 inches of snow to melt? Do you really need all 9 of those? We ran a couple of more errands and finally made it home, where after the kids went to bed I caught a glimpse of this story:

NOW...ABOUT THAT AFOREMENTIONED BREAD SNATCHER. THE GROCERY SHELVES ARE BARE... NARY A LOAF TO BE FOUND.
WHILE SHOPPING AT THE 98TH STREET MARKET STREET THIS AFTERNOON, STEPHANIE AND JUDY KUNZ WERE VICTIMS OF A BREAD NAPPER. WHILE JUDY WAITED IN LINE...AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN LITERALLY WRESTLED TWO LOAVES OUT OF DAUGHTER STEPHANIE'S ARMS.

"I could understand, you know, hey, I need a piece of bread, or I need a loaf of bread... Can I have it? I would have been happy to give it to him, but to take it from my hand, and give me the nasty look like I was the wrong person... No"

TIME TO CHILL FOLKS. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE "THAT" BAD.

At this point I am thinking, are we really so fragile that a few inches of snow makes us crazy?!

3 comments:

The Binkley Family said...

The craziest part to me is that even when we are "out of food" all of us have enough that we could live for at least a week. We just might not have what we WANT. I don't understand why people get so crazy, either. There is such a fear in people's hearts. We must take our fears and place them into the hands of One who actually has control.

A D said...

That is so funny, because I said the same thing. People get nuts. I had to go to the store Thursday, again just because it was my usual shopping week. I usually go on Friday but knew the weather was going to be bad. So I go, I waited 45 minutes just to check out and then as I was walking out their was a line of people waiting to get baskets!! It was too funny. But Binkley is right. There is so much fear in people. The Lord tells us to be fearful of nothing. The devil is the one that brings fear. Sometimes, it makes me sad - the lack of trust in God.

SJ said...

Sorry, but that is just too funny! Thanks...I needed a laugh today!