Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


February 16, 2010

Horrific winter seasons cuts short the long-ago dream of snow days

When I was a young kid still in high school in McDowell County, I would dream of snow days. However, it would never snow. During my four years at Mount View High School in Welch, I must have had all of two — maybe three at the most — snow days. It was frustrating because I could have used a day or two off from school every now and then. But for some reason it seemed like it went four years in McDowell County without snowing.

OK, I’m sure it snowed a few times during those four years — as the memory is getting a little more fuzzy with each passing year. But it didn’t snow very often. In fact, I can only remember one day — and that was because a big storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on us on April 1, April Fool’s Day. Clearly, the joke was on us that year courtesy of Old Man Winter.

But in all reality snow days were few and far in between for us Golden Knights back in the day. Where I lived, we got up bright and early at 5 a.m. or so to catch a 6:30 a.m. school bus. You also had to walk a short distance to reach the bus stop, so the extra time was important or you would miss the school bus. We had cold mornings, but hardly ever any snow.

The same problem could be said for the college years. Granted, I lived on campus at Concord College, so a snow day would not have impacted me as much as those who commuted to school. But for another four years it also seemed like it never snowed in the small town of Athens. It was actually kind of depressing. I don’t think I ever had a good snowball fight with anyone on campus because there was seemingly never any snow.

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