First off, even before the first flake falls, your eyes will widen when you drive on any road as the crazed look of people pass you by down white streaks paved in brine.
Grocery store parking lots will buzz with the energy of ten thousand bees while cars hurriedly push and shove for one hint of an empty spot.
Shopping carts (or as they're called down here, 'buggys') become more precious than jewels while consumers search frantically in spite of themselves.
And the shopping...Lord help us...the shopping. You will literally see the whites of peoples knuckles as they take corners on no more than two wheels for that coveted gallon of dairy gold.
I started a new job this year. I literally didn't think I could love it anymore than I did before today, but believe it or not, it actually got better.
As a speech therapist, I've worked in the medical field for years now. Snow, hurricanes, holidays...these things didn't matter when it came to seeing patients. They were there waiting for you, so you needed to make sure they were taken care of.
This year though? I took a job in the school system. I've not only had days off for holidays, today I had to stop myself from crying just a little bit when they announced there'd be an early release today due to inclement weather.
Coming from Ohio, I remember standing at the bus stop in the fourth grade for 30 minutes in snow up to my hips with our inclement weather - and we're getting out of school early for a chance of snow? Did I mention it was in the 40's and hadn't even flurried yet?
You're going to love this place.
So, here we are and if you're like us, it's nighttime, we're in our pajamas which are inside out and backwards and we're doing snow dances in hopes of getting the white stuff.
It started raining a little, but there's still no sign of anything else. As crazy as people in the south might think it is, I miss the winter. I miss snow covered trees and sledding down hills - sparkly snowmen and solidly built forts - and I hope our kids will get to enjoy a piece of that magic, if only for one day.
I hope you can agree, as wild as it is to be a northerner in the south during that rarity of a snowfall, it certainly is something to behold.
And one last thing...as long as you stay off the roads and out of Harris Teeter no matter what happens, you're going to be just fine. I promise.