Every Generation Seems To Have A Weather Tale To Tell

Just ask any baby boomer to talk about snow

No matter how severe the weather event, you have always been able to count on the older generation being quick to pooh pooh it:

"Snow, you want to talk snow. When I was your age the snow was so deep that it covered the house. We didn't shovel the walk, we tunneled through just to get to the street so we could walk to school.

"That's right, walk to school, which was three miles away, up hill in both directions. The only kids who didn't walk to school were the rich kids. They rode to school on dog sleds driven by the butlers.

"Nobody's parents dropped them off and picked them up in fancy SUVs, that's for sure. Forget about four-wheel drive. When it snowed, people put tire chains on their cars, and for traction sometimes they made all the kids in the neighborhood ride in the trunk.

"It didn't matter how deep the snow was, they never called off school, they never called off anything. Even in a blizzard we used to go outside for recess, and eat ice cream.

"The rain was just as bad. Sometimes it rained so hard we had to swim to school, upstream in both directions. We all wore these rubber yellow coats with detachable hoods that made us all look like traffic cops. At recess, for fun, they used to give us pails so we could bailout the classroom.

"Don't get me started about wind. You think you have wind today, you have a breeze compared to what we had to battle.

"If the wind was blowing in the right direction, we could get to school in under five minutes. But if the wind was blowing against, you would walk three miles and never leave the front porch. Yeah, 'you kids today' don't know bad weather."

Except maybe they do.

In the past 15 months, they have experienced the wind and flooding from tropical Storm Irene, the tree cracking power interruption of last fall's October snow storm, and now the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

So, yeah, when the time comes for "you kids today," to recount the weather of their youths, they are definitely going to have some material from which to draw. The question is not will they exaggerate, the question is will they have to?

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