© 2013 Aaron Atkinson


An early morning flash of lightening and clap of thunder acted as the starter pistol of a record-breaking snowstorm in Kansas City last Thursday. At times snow fell at rates of up to three inches an hour, and between 7 a.m. and noon more than a foot of heavy snow brought the city to a standstill. Hundreds of flights were cancelled, blocked traffic turned highways and city streets into parking lots, and mid-morning a state of emergency was declared as folks were urged to stay off the streets.

As I was leaving the office the night before, I had this exchange with a co-worker…

Me: I’ll see you when I see you, Deeds.

Deeds: You mean you’re not coming in tomorrow? What’s a little snow? Aren’t you from Canada?

Me: I am. And when it comes to snow, Canada taught me an important lesson – when in doubt, wait and see.

Deeds: Well I’m not scared of a little snow. I’ll be here bright and early. You should be too.

Me: Well good luck. I can make no promises other than that I’ll see you when I see you.

True to her word, Deeds came in to work. And true to mine I waited and saw snow like I’ve never seen snow before, so I worked from home.

I saw Deeds at work the next day…

Deeds: You jerk.

Me: Excuse me?

Deeds: I came in yesterday and I got stuck at the office where I ate a day old sandwich and had to sleep on a cot in the conference room.

Me: That’s a bummer. Or as they say in Canada where I’m from – that’s a bummer, eh!

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