While living along the Gulf Coast I often heard towns brag about their “sugar white” beaches or their “powder white” beaches. Never did I hear anyone brag about their “snow white” beaches. But this week, the weather, which produced snow as far south as those “sugar white” beaches, has given towns the right brag about their fine “snow white” beaches. I do not think it will cause an increase of tourism since these are the beaches the Snow Birds frequent this time of year to get away from the snow and cold.
So what’s going on with our crazy weather? Why is it so cold, so far south? Who knows and at this point who cares. It’s happening and if you can find a silver lining, here it is: kids who never get to play in snow, never get to throw a snowball, never get to sled down their front yard or driveway finally got an opportunity and it was fun.
I’ve seen great photos from friends along the Gulf Coast and so glad their kids enjoyed the weather. I also saw lots of photos of trampolines. Seems they are a great place to measure ice and snow.
Currently land-locked in Oxford, MS, we enjoyed a dusting on Tuesday that got everyone in town excited. One friend did a “Snoopy dance.” And, I enjoyed the photos of friends’ children dressed up as if they lived in a Iceland winterland playing with the flakes drifting around them.
My boys have been lucky to see snow although not too much of it. Their first was during a short-lived move to Ft. Worth, TX. It snowed deep that year in December and we played in it. We lived through a snowy dusting in Myrtle Beach, SC one year. The snow only stuck to the cars so the boys scraped together what they could from our vehicles and made a few snowballs. The real snow came around Valentines day for a few years in a row when we lived in Hernando, MS. The first year this happened we drove in the snow storm to Walmart to buy some boots, gloves and hats so the boys could play in the snow. We had snow again the following year and after we moved, our friends enjoyed yet another Valentines snow. Since we’re currently living in the area, we’re anticipating it again this Valentines day, although I am NOT wishing for it.
It wasn’t until 4 years ago that the boys saw some more snow and that was along the Gulf Coast. Northern parts of Mobile and Baldwin Counties, in Alabama, got snow while the southern parts got ice and rain. We had snow showers … 2 days before Valentines day.
So what do kids in the south do when it snows? They make snowmen, snowballs, shovel driveways and sled. And, they go to the beach to see what a snow-white beach looks like.
Roger Reetz photography can be found on Gulf State Park Alabama facebook page.