We live (for now) in a very small town. So small, that I work for the only real employer in 15 miles – and so does everyone else. The lady at the post office, the gunsmith, the small engine repair guy, the fellow who runs the bar, the ice rink manager – I have relationships with a lot of folks in town, because I either work with them, or with their spouses, or parents, or siblings…
The Fire Chief (I work with him) posted an angry plea on facebook this morning:
“Is a hockey game in blizzard conditions worth your child’s life, or yours? If you think so, maybe you should come & help the Fire & EMS scrape the parents that think like that off of the highway. While you are thinking about that, remember you are also putting emergency workers & RCMP lives at risk for having to come out on treacherous roads & white-out conditions to rescue you & your loved ones. IS IT REALLY WORTH IT??”
We seem to be a society that does not stay still. Maybe cannot stay still. Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night shall keep us from our hockey games, our grocery stores, and our malls. Is it really worth it for a quart of milk? A pack of smokes? A hockey game? Some recreational shopping? I’ve noticed that a lot of people seem to need to be constantly moving, and constantly entertained. I don’t know if it’s the TV, the 24-hour-everything, the video games, or what, but it really seems like even semi-rural Canadian culture has ADD.
Whatever happened to staying home? Spending time by yourself, or with your spouse and kids? Snuggling up with a blanket and a book? On a day like today, with howling wind, snow, ice, and zero visibility, there is really no excuse. Keep a few extra groceries and a few other sundries kicking around, and you really never have to go out unless you want to.
Today, we’re taking a snow day. We’d had some plans to go visit family, but when the dogs we reluctant to go outside and pee, and I realized I can’t see our neighbor’s house across the street, we decided it probably wasn’t really worth it. Instead, we’re staying home, making cookies (no milk? no problem! Good thing I have that backup stash of powdered…), doing laundry, listening to music, blogging, and, later, probably playing Stock Ticker (a favorite board game). If the power goes out (a likely thing, in an Alberta blizzard), we’ll light the oil lamps and keep on playing. There’s nowhere we have to be so badly that we’re willing to risk our lives for it.
Once we’re on the farm, or even the acreage, this will likely become a more frequent event. Luckily, we like snow days…
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