Yesterday was the appointed day. The morning began, I'll admit, rather disappointingly. It was sunny. It was terribly windy, but there wasn't much in store. Then the clouds started to blow in. Still, it seemed fine to me!
We have a scripture study class scheduled for Wednesdays, and I wasn't going to miss it! So I went! Funnily enough, on my way, I found Devin walking home from the embassy, because they had closed early, so I took him with me (and all of the kids). There was no snow. Just rain sometimes and some hail. We got to our class and it was so nice! We chatted and discussed and shared our thoughts and feelings. Oh, how I love these ladies! However, as we were sitting there, all the kids (there were 11 of them there that day) came running and screaming, "IT'S SNOWING!!! IT'S SNOWING!!! IT'S SNOWING!!!" They all jumped into their coats and caps and put socks on their hands and ran outside to play in it! After a few minutes, we all noticed it was starting to stick. Quite a bit.
Now, Devin grew up in Utah. I spent my teenage plus years in Idaho. We lived in Finland for 2 1/2 years. We are no strangers to snow! So we sort of shrugged it off. No biggie, right? The other ladies were getting a bit anxious, so we decided to cut our class short a bit and leave.
The first auspicious step was when Devin slipped and fell on the way out to the car. Oh dear. That's right--it was freezing rain just before the snow started to stick. We started going and watched all the other cars on the road slip and slide. We dropped off our friends at their house, then started home the 'normal' way, which started us off going up a REALLY steep hill. Funnily enough, ALL of Jordan is a REALLY STEEP HILL.
Halfway up the hill, we weren't going up anymore. At all. In fact, we were going a little backward. Devin managed to turn us back around, but we were now white-knuckling it and super worried because, seriously, all of Jordan is a steep hill.
Thankfully, we made it back down, and were able to VERY slowly make our way through some back streets and alternate routes so we avoided almost all hills. That was a pretty impressive feat! We made it home a little shaky, and knowing that we were NOT going to go out again for awhile. Yes, for the past few years I've sort of scoffed at the closing of the city for snow. This is NOTHING compared to Rexburg, or Finland! However, the hills here are killer, and honestly, you CAN'T get around on these hills if they are remotely slippery. I understand now, and I'm just happy to be home and watching the rain, slush, snow and THUNDER!