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This is today’s StoryADay story. I enjoyed it so much I recorded it too. You can play it above, or right-click here to save the mp3 file.
See John laugh.
See John laugh and smile.
See John laugh and smile and touch his wife Jane on the elbow.
See John laugh and smile and touch Jane on the elbow and look into Jane’s eyes.
Snow delay for the kids today. It was barely worth it for a dusting.
There was no policy for this when I grew up. Here, now, everyone knows that a delay means the day starts two hours late, A snow day means everything is canceled but work.
Growing up, there was just snow, and people gazing out of the window at heavy skies, and frantic phone calls among the people who decided things. I was sent home early once, as the snow coated the hills between my home and the school, the bus crawling and sliding through muffled afternoon darkness.
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Since I moved to the States I’ve had to deal with people always telling me that I must be so used to the cold and snow, being from Scotland and all.
Then I have to gently tell them that it’s not really like Dickens’s A Christmas Carol in Britain these days, especially not on the warm west coast of Scotland where we rarely scraped up enough snow for stunted snowman.
And then 2010 rolled in and brought this with it:
On the high-res version at NASA’s Earth Observatory site, you can zoom in and see that big cities like London and Birmingham show up as kind of grey blotches.
But look at that. It’s everywhere! It has covered the entire country! Beautiful, and astonishing (and less fun for the people who still live there than it is from me, looking at it from here).