the drifts are 12′-14′ high. i kid you not. careful when you ask for a white christmas. i didn’t but i know some little kid did…correction: quadruple plural on the kid.

so what do you do when you’re snowed in at the farm with only one of 11 family members  and outside the window it looks like God is violently shaking the snow globe (emphasis on the shaking)?the wave drift on the way to our house

time travel to 1888- the schoolhouse blizzard: a piece of history every child in nebraska knows. i ate up the stories from this history lesson; already then i was drawn to morose and morbid tales.  the blizzard is historic because within a short time the temperature dropped to 4o below and was met with heavy snow and the notorious nebraska high winds. there was no way to predict what was about to happen and so many people were out doing their every day activities when disaster struck….it was dubbed the schoolhouse blizzard because most of the casualties were children walking home from school.

lets revisit mrs. ratzlaff’s classroom to rehash the most memorable accounts:

  • -Lois Royce found herself trapped with three of her students in her schoolhouse. By 3pm, they had run out of heating fuel. Her boarding house was only 82 yards (75 m) away, so she attempted to lead the children there. However, visibility was so poor that they became lost and all the children froze to death. The teacher survived, but her feet were frostbitten and had to be amputated.
  • -Etta Shattuck got lost on her way home, and sought shelter in a haystack. She remained trapped there until her rescue three days later. She soon died due to complications from surgery to remove her frostbitten limbs.
  • -Minnie Freeman safely led thirteen children from her schoolhouse to her home, one half mile (.8 km) away. The rumor she used a rope to keep the children together during the blinding storm. She took them to the boarding house she lived at about a mile away and all of her pupils survived. Many children in similar conditions around the Great Plains were not so lucky, as 235 people were killed, most of them children who couldn’t get home from school.

roads are closed to keep people who think themselves capable of manhandling mother nature from venturing out. i haven’t seen a moving vehicle in 2 days. my dad isn’t even attempting removal with a tractor. therefore, i will continue to do what you do when you are not doing anything: watch mindless television, bake a key lime coconut cake, play cards, pull out old piano music, read the bottom billion, stare at the mouse in the trap, make cinnamon stick votive holders, look out each window and compare drifts, try not to open the gifts under the tree (trust me i am restraining myself from opening each one and taking a picture of me playing with it before re-wrapping it.) and pray that i will actually get to see my family members.

{thanks to wikipedia for my research}