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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Southerners banding together aren’t ‘wimps’

- - Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Weather wimps: Snow dusting leaves Southerners sleeping in cars, Home Depot" (Web, Jan. 29) could have been worded differently. What makes the article unwelcome is the fact that fun was made of a desperate situation that families faced this week.

When weather was predicted to hit Alabama on Tuesday, we were informed that it would be no more than a dusting and that the situation was nothing to worry about. A few minutes before 9 a.m., a few flakes had fallen, but it was nothing more than a beautiful sight, a welcome change for many children in our area that have never seen snow but have always been told about how beautiful it can be.

A few minutes after 10 a.m., parents received the telecast that at 10:30 a.m., our children would be released from school. Some of us were home and able to get our children to bring them home. But many were at work, in some cases an hour away. By 10:35 a.m., the roads had become completely covered in ice.

This was not the beautiful snow that people would imagine seeing, but slick. The conditions began to worsen, and every tire tread that passed over the snow immediately froze, making it near impossible for drivers to steer.

We were at a loss. The weather that was expected to amount to nothing other than a beautiful sight had instead turned terrifying.

Many parents could not reach their children, spouses had to sleep away from their loved ones, family and friends were stranded with nowhere to go, people were sitting in gridlock on roads they could not avoid, people were thought to be missing because no one could contact them.

I am not writing to say that one area, South or North, is better than another. We each have things happen that are unexpected, natural and otherwise.

But for the people of the South, we are proud of where we come from. When we find ourselves in hardship, we band together. That's what we did on Tuesday.

CRYSTAL MESSER

Pinson, Ala.