February 10, 2010

Life As We Knew It

For days, we anticipated our first blizzard of February. The kiddos in my classroom had soaring hopes for a snow day or two (or at least a late start day), and every adult in the Chicagoland area was dreading the commute. The local meteorologists told us to expect 8-12 inches between Monday evening and this morning (Wednesday), which means that we were mentally preparing for 0-24 inches (is the weather man consistently that wrong in other parts of the world... and if so, how on earth do they stay employed? Seriously... why bother?).

The snow started falling Monday afternoon. Yesterday's commute to work was a little slippery, and I was dreading the ride home. Luckily, the day was warm enough to keep most of the snow (and it was consistent... believe me) from sticking, and I was able to leave work by 3:15, which allowed me to beat the traffic and get home before much of the chaos ensued. As I climbed into bed last night, I dreamt of a car that would not need to be shoveled out of the driveway and clear roads for my morning commute.

At 4:00 AM... exactly, I was shaken out of my sleep. It felt like someone was trying to wake me from a coma, which is weird since I was sleeping alone in my bed. And almost as soon as it started, it was over. I was completely baffled by this experience. My immediate thought was that it had to be an earthquake, but then I remembered that I don't live in California. Silly me. So I rolled over and attempted to continue my dream from the point where I was so rudely interrupted.

Ah, yes... it was an earthquake, my friends. What's that? You've never heard of a Chicagoland earthquake? Well, you are not alone. A quick survey of my coworkers and family confirmed that no one had any idea what was shaking their homes in the middle of the night. Most people thought it was a large street plow (some of us clearly have overactive imaginations... that would be one massive plow!), while others thought it was all a dream. 3.8 on the Richter scale is certainly nothing very notable... except for the fact that it happened in Chicago... during a blizzard.

I can't help but make the connection to Life As We Knew It, a novel some of my students are studying about a series of natural disasters that all but destroy Earth. Okay... okay. The world is not ending... but we've certainly pissed off somebody!

Oh... and in case you're wondering... I did have to dig our my car from a pile of snow, but the roads were clear. Some dreams really do come true! :)

1 comment:

  1. i heard there was an earthquake in chicago. that's weird. and i think you're right - we must have pissed someone off. did you know there was a slight quake in middle-Mexico that caused landslides that killed a ton of people last week? and that in haiti the other day, it shook again - a 4.5!!!!