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I Listen to Blizzard Warnings Now

There were blizzard warnings. We scoffed at them. We were young, and our children had to see their grandparents for Christmas. No matter what, we were going to get there from Chicago. Not concerned about the snow, we did not stop even after they closed the interstate. We had already been on the road for nine hours and eleven minutes. This drive that usually took us a little over six hours. We had four children in the car, not only our three, but a friend of our daughter’s. I am sure her parents were thrilled to hear the blizzard pile up reports on the news. This is before cell phones. We had to phone them after we arrived a few hours later. The children were twelve, eleven, eleven and seven at the time, and luckily had no idea how close to death we all came on that horrible December twenty-third. This was thirty-eight years ago, and I have never forgotten it. When I hear blizzard warning now, I do not scoff. It is difficult to drive with muscle tenseness for hours and hours. Feeling you are endangering your children’s lives. Never again, never.

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Date: 11/24/2021 3:15:00 PM
Yep. I once drove on solid ice for nine hours...a trip that normally took two hours. I-55 between St. Louis and Springfield, Illinois. Wouldn't think of doing it now, but then I was young, brave, and utterly foolish!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 11/26/2021 2:37:00 PM
This is horrible but we do it when we are young, brave and .....foolishly invincible.
Date: 11/21/2021 5:03:00 PM
Can relate. My dad didn’t want to disappoint my mom and got caught up in those bad conditions. Thankfully we made it to Buffalo before they closed the thruway! There were overturned trucks! It was April 1975 and mom gave birth to my sister April 16th…like you said no cell phones. My Dad also said never again!!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 11/21/2021 11:41:00 PM
We get wiser when bad things happen to us.
Date: 11/21/2021 2:14:00 PM
a hard way to learn a lesson, caren! we once traveled to washington d.c. for thanksgiving and on sunday morning decided to stop at one last children's museum, resulting in an 8 hour drive home (should have been 4 at most). learned our lesson that time, too...
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 11/21/2021 4:15:00 PM
It is sad that the winter weather is in control