January 2009

Snowflakes and a New President!

Author: Maggie Washo

It’s kind of a big day here in the Lowcountry…we could have snow before noon- for the first time in years! And on a Tuesday, a day where nothing really fantastic ever happens.

As a New York transplant I am quite excited about this possibility. I haven’t seen the stuff in years and I was too young too dislike it when I left the great state of New York 16 years ago.

Interestingly enough, when the “Big Storm of ’89” graced the South, I was actually en route with my family to Disney World (greatest place on earth…someday I’ll be the mayor) and got to see it. What I remember is it took 16 hours to drive the small patch of I-95 that goes through Georgia. Orange trees in Florida covered with ice from the sprinkler systems, not a another car in sight as we drove through the city of Jacksonville, wearing a winter coat in photos once we actually made it to Orlando.

It’s funny now to hear stories from southerners about what a big deal that snowstorm was. I guess to us it was an everyday occurrence and a bit of a minor annoyance because it took us twice the time it usually did to drive 24 hours from NY to FL. Perspective is everything, isn’t it?

In other news, the rest of the country is glued to computers and television screens to watch the groundbreaking event of the first African-American man to become President of the United States. As I read the comments posted on MSN.com from readers remarking on the inauguration so far I find myself thinking I would not want to be in his shoes. There is so much faith, pressure, expectation…whatever you want to call it…on this one man. How can he possibly make everyone happy?

May the force be with him.

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