So Forrest goes to New Jersey on Sunday for an implant training course. People were worried that he might not make it home because it was supposed to snow really badly up there, so I was really tuned into the weather. Alabama was also slated to get snow, but far to the south of where I am. Like, at the beach South. I remember talking to Justin on Saturday night about how we were going to be annoyed by the people at the beach putting their snow pics on facebook. We had no idea it was going make a giant trek north to us. Tuesday morning I stayed home a while, getting things done, since I didn't have appointments until 10:30. I left home about 10 and called my aunt, who is in Birmingham, an hour south of me. She said there was snow covering her yard! I was surprised because it wasn't even supposed to accumulate where she was, but I was still undaunted by the flurries I experienced on the way to work. I saw my 10:30 client and when I walked him out, we had snow on the ground. Oh well, Dad said it would stop any minute. Not so much. I left my office at about 12 to go home, which takes me about 10-15 minutes. It took me an hour and half, and I didn't even get there.
Why? Well because everyone else saw the same weather reports I did so no one expected this. We all went to work, sent the kids to school, etc. Now everyone was trying to get home, get children, get supplies all at the same time. Have you ever been to a football game and it came down to the last second so every one in the stadium stayed until the bitter end? Remember how traffic is after those games? Throw in some ice and you have the situation down here yesterday. If we hadn't all been trying to go the same place at the same time, it would have been a different situation. Yes we don't drive in snow often but people were getting where they needed to go, just SLOWLY. I finally made it to the bottom of the mountain (I live up it) to a friend's house. Thankfully sweet Mrs. Joy and Don Rhea were home and they let me use their bathroom and they even fed me tea and sandwiches! Justin and Farrah and Farrah's school friend Jennifer met me there and we decided to try the back way up the mountain, since the regular way was closed. A friend had made it in 4 wheel drive with no problems and Justin had a 4 wheel drive truck, so we knew we could make it. We couldn't have been more wrong. We ended up sliding head first into a tree. Bummer. Luckily none of us were hurt but it was scary. No one but me had on shoes for snow, but we figured we were going to have to walk home. THANKFULLY, some friends came by on a gator and took us home! Now, Jennifer and I prayed us up the mountain. I was so terrified that we would slide again or that the gator would roll over, but we made it safe and sound. Our experience was no fun but we were always safe and we had each other for support. I can't imagine those people stranded in their cars for hours. What a disaster!!
Let me throw in a side note here. All the news people today on national media are worrying about who is to blame, what should we have done? I'm here to say at this point, we really don't care. We just need our children home, people out of their cars on the interstate, and families to be reunited. When the snow melts, we will worry about what went wrong. Seriously, if you want to help, be helpful. It does us no good to try to cast blame at this point. Good grief.
Forrest made it to Atlanta but of course couldn't get home, but my brother lives near a Marta station, so he was able just to zoom straight to his house. I have no idea when he will be able to make it home or when I will be able to make it off of this mountain, but for the time being, I'm fine and safe. I have great friends across the street with lots of food, and I have lots of birthday wine to share with them. It's times like these that you feel loved the most--when friends text you to make sure you are ok, when neighbors knock on your door to check on you, and when family, even hours away, calls to make sure you have enough to eat and drink.
At this point, I'm just happy to be safe and warm and out of a car. I hope everyone else out there, trapped in snowpocalypse, is safe and warm!
Pics to come soon! Photobucket is down so I can't upload anything to the blog right now! You can check them on on Instagram though!