OH MY GOD I HAVE HAD A REVELATION TODAY.
We had a cold front move in over night here. The local news has been prepping us for this for days, saying it will temps we haven’t seen in Alabama in 10-15 years. They announced on FRIDAY that schools would delay opening by 2 hours this morning. Home Depot and Lowes sold out of spigot covers. There was no bread left at the grocery stores yesterday. We left faucets running. People this morning are tweeting and Facebooking about the road conditions and whether or not it’s safe to drive.
As I scrolled through my feeds and saw pictures/tweets from friends in other areas, reporting on 2 feet of snow and -20 degree temperatures I thought Hee. They would totally laugh at my city right now.”
But here’s the thing. Our houses are not built with these temps in mind, so pipes are in jeopardy. We don’t have those engine-heater things on our cars. None of us have tires or chains or whatever you need in ice/snow. The city doesn’t keep warehouses and trucks full of sand and salt. So, while YOUR city may scoff at our “over reaction” to no snow, maybe some ice, and 17 degree temperatures? It’s a HUGE deal to us.
JUST LIKE FEELINGS.
It’s all relative, right? Your aunt may not understand why you get so upset when your friends announce pregnancies because she’s not you and hasn’t been trying to conceive for 3 years. Your child may not understand why you’re making such a big deal about the “C” they got in French because they don’t know what it’s like to worry about your child’s future. Your husband may not understand why you’re so upset that he didn’t like the meal you cooked because he doesn’t realize that you’re desperate for praise so the small criticism pack a punch.
JUST LIKE Minnesota doesn’t understand why we delayed schools for 2 hours today and won’t drive on the no-snow roads because there might be some ice.
So…the next time someone gives you a hard time because they don’t understand why you feel the way you do, tell them it’s like the weather. Even though residents of Minnesota wouldn’t flinch at our tiny potential for ice on the roads because they have properly equipped tires and and treated roads, in Huntsville those icy patches could kill someone. One man’s normal commute is another man’s death trap. It depends on how equipped you (or your city) are to handle things. It depends on your history and your standards or expectations. Just because that guy in Minnesota can leave his house without fear in 17 degree temps and no snow, doesn’t mean someone in Huntsville can. The lady in North Dakota may not leave her faucets dripping when it’s 15 degrees, but we have to. We have to check the reports first to make sure overpasses are safe and we have protect our homes even though it’s 40 degrees warmer here than in some parts of the US right now.
It’s all relative.