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A Piece of My Mind by Kelly Rupp, Publisher
Saturday, 01.02.2010, 06:29pm (GMT-5)

Over the years, my family has established Christmas traditions. This year I planned for our usual Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, my grown children come home. We have a nice evening together, play board games, and eye the presents. This year my son and daughter-in-law were planning on cooking Christmas Eve dinner and my daughter was planning on cooking Christmas morning breakfast. These seemed like excellent items to add to our tradition list! I awoke Christmas Eve morning to a very familiar— and unwelcome—sound: sleet was hitting the windows.

Now, I have learned over time that an Oklahoma snowstorm usually is really an Oklahoma ice storm, so I prepared for what I thought was the worst. I called Zach and Namina in Edmond and told them not to get on the road until we had a better idea of what the weather would do. Soon the sleet turned into a wintry mix in Minco and Zach reported heavy snow in Edmond.

The winds began to gust and visibility decreased. I had no idea how bad the storm had become and I got worried that someone would fall on the sidewalk outside my office, so I wanted to get salt on the sidewalk. Allie needed to come to the office to retrieve some Christmas gifts. We decided to thaw out my van and make the journey— all of a mile! It took some time to get the ice off the windows and to free the windshield wipers, but we did it.

We headed down our access road and faced west to enter the highway. A fire truck, lights flashing, was setting at the entrance to west Highway 152. We really weren’t sure what that meant, but we couldn’t see if there was any traffic coming on the highway, so I chickened out, turned around, and went back to the house. Even then I had no idea how bad the weather had become.

My e-mail was flooded with reports of highway closings and highway traffic stopped passing my house. Life came to a standstill. I think a lot of us were caught by surprise by this storm. Weathermen cry wolf on a regular basis and we are lulled into a false sense of security. After all, it’s never as bad as they say it will be, right? Wrong.

It is easy for us to play armchair quarterback on this storm of the century. Why wasn’t the ODOT out sanding when the first ball of sleet hit? Why weren’t the snowplows on patrol? The fact is, no one—not even emergency workers— can see in a white-out blizzard.

I have been told that snowplows were stuck in drifts and that’s really hard to comprehend!

Through this emergency, a lot of people sprang to action. Union City and Minco residents opened their homes to the stranded—and the stranded included emergency workers. Private individuals cleared streets and driveways and pulled stranded motorists from cars.

These are the heroes and angels walking in our world. These people took it upon themselves to help others on Christmas Eve.

I call that the spirit of Christmas


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