Mainstream media really should be ashamed of themselves. We could not watch the news leading up to “Blizzard 2015”, for we were bombarded with language that should only be reserved for the most deadliest of situations. This was not a historical event. A historical event was Katrina. This was a snowstorm in New England. Upstate New Yorkers must be laughing at us. This storm had wind. It had snow. It was not historic, nor was it catastrophic. However, it did prompt travel bans. At the threat of mass transportation shutting down, husbands come home from work early!
Family dinners are rare in our house. The girls and I always eat together but Greg does not get home until just before 8pm so his dinner is reheated from a few hours earlier. I roasted a chicken, mashed some potatoes and we all sat down to dinner together at 6pm and said a prayer of thanksgiving.
Because Greg works such long hours, he is not actively involved in the learning that takes place in our house. Before dinner he read the first chapter of the course guidebook for our newest exploration: Geographic Wonders of the World by Professor Michael Wysession offered by Great Courses. The girls read the chapter earlier in the day. Together we watched the first lecture about the history and the geology of the islands of Santorini. After dinner we followed up our learning with an old episode of Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown. Her episode on Santorini left us with the desire to hop on the next available plane!
There was game playing and Gilmore Girl watching and snuggling into bed while the wind picked up outside. It was a beautiful night. It was a gift. The blizzard gave us some snow, but no where near the 24-36” predicted and it gave us some wind but only once did it cause this 85 year old home to shudder. I am most thankful for the family time it gave us and will give us again on Tuesday for the roads and trains are still shut down to let the cleanup begin.