It was a record. Richard was sure of it. 23 inches of snow. 23 inches covering his driveway. 23 inches covering the roads and streets. This was the biggest storm to ever hit Minneapolis, and he was right in the middle of it.
As Richard was sitting there, a girl entered the living room.
“Daddy, do I have to go to school today?” she asked him.
After Richard looked out the window, he laughed. “Oh no, honey.” he told her. “Of course not. You get the day off. Just look at the TV.”
The daughter looked at the TV, until her school appeared.
“Middleview Public Schools – closed.” Richard announced. “See? Your school is closed.”
At that, the daughter jumped for joy and ran into her parents’ bedroom. “Mommy! Mommy! Guess what! I don’t have to go to school!”
“That’s nice, Cindy.” the mother yawned. “Let mommy sleep a little longer, okay?”
“Come on, mommy!”
“Okay honey. I’ll get up. Just let mommy get her coffee. Okay?”
Richard stared at the driveway. Despite school being closed, his work wasn’t. Getting there would be a major challenge. With that, he entered the garage and got out his snow blower. After plowing his driveway, he quickly got ready and left in his pickup truck. With four-wheel drive, he shouldn’t get stuck.
Richard drove down the driveway, noticing his daughter making a snow angel in the front yard. From the driveway, he got to the end of his street, and turned onto the main road. At that point, he got stuck. It is now official. The first official snow hit his area, and he was right in the middle of it.
©2012 K. L. Walker