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Blizzard of ’78

 We’re having a huge snow in the Midwest. I thought I’d put up this story 

 Blizzard of 1978

   I remember hearing the news about the huge snow predicted for our area and was hoping for a snow day, but I did not believe it because Indiana wasn’t known for huge snowfall amounts.  My father was on the fire department and was on duty the 24-hours previous, and there was no time prepare for the coming snow storm.  

On the morning of the blizzard, there was very little food in the house.  We were all quite hungry, but not as much as we were in awe when we looked out the window, and saw the heavy blanket of snow. There was no way either one of the cars could be moved out of the driveway because the snow covered half the garage.  

My father arrived home by emergency vehicle from the fire department, and quickly made plans to get food for us, but he would not be able to take the car.The only way he could get food was to walk through many feet of snow a few blocks away to the neighborhood Dietz Market, (Dietz Market was an old “Mom and Pop” type of a grocery store) and use a sled to bring the groceries home. However, he first had to dig his way to the garage  just to be able  to retrieve the sled.

He took the old  Radio Flyer sled with the wooden slats and the red metal blades, and pulled it behind him. He put a big box on top of the sled to carry groceries back.  I watched from the window as he walked down the long street, he seemed to disappear into the snow pulling the sled behind.

Outside it looked uncertain as I watched spurts of snowfall and the evergreen being weighed down with the mounds of snow. I went outside, even though dad told me not to. He didn’t want me to follow him as I might get lost in the deep snow. I looked down the street for him as far as I could see and I noticed every car appeared hidden by the snow. 

The cars looked like igloos, and the tree limbs were bending almost to the point of splitting. The sun was breaking through the clouds. There was such an eerie quiet punctuated by sounds of ice crystals hitting the windows and the eerie echo of those who ventured out to shovel snow. It was unimaginable to me that so much snow could fall in such a short time.

My sister, mother and I had set the table for breakfast and were waiting for father to return. I kept looking out the window  until I saw him coming down the street. I saw that my father had many bags of groceries, you could see bread, cereal, donuts at the top of the box plus he was carrying a bag.   In no time he arrived, and we helped him carry the groceries inside, and Mother started breakfast for all of us.

We could have been very upset for not buying the food and preparing for the blizzard, but it ended up being quite the adventure for all of us. Breakfast was made and we sat in front of the fireplace afterwards with cocoa and watched movies, played monopoly, and told stories. My mother cooked a big, delicious breakfast.  I remember having sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, cream gravy, fried potatoes, fried apples, and homemade biscuits. It was the best breakfast; I guess because we were all safe and warm together.

The next few days everyone was digging out, and the roads were iced over thick. My sister and I ice skated for blocks up and down the street. We must have been the only ones with ice skates because no one else came out to skate with us. They did come out to watch us, but not to skate.

Our family took what could have been a bad day and made an exciting adventure out of it. My family was like that. We always turned things around and had many good times together. This is one good family time I will never forget

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It’s so pretty to see everything show

Covered in a thick blanket of snow

Everything was all white for as far as I could see

Nothing but eerie silence for a while I felt free

People should get on their snowshoes

Cars parked on the road look like igloos

And the evergreens have such a glow

They are beautifully flocked with snow

Schools, roads and businesses are shut down

And no one is allowed out about in the town

Should get out and have some winter wonderland fun

Build a snow fort or a snow man and go sledding some

Make some snow angels and snow-cream

Better hurry up now, it’s not a dream

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The Kennedy’s

Joe and Rose’s Children

Joseph’s plane was shot down near England during  WWII
John was assassinated in 1963 of November Twenty-Two

Rose Marie Mary had a lobotomy she was acting aggressively
Kathleen, wed Wm J Robt Cavendish she later died unexpectedly

Eunice married a great kind man,  Lieutenant  Robert S. Shriver
Patricia wed actor Peter Lawford, their marriage wasn’t forever

Robert, another brother that was assassinated
Jackie felt sure the Kennedy’s were hated

Married to Stephen Edward Smith
Jean was wed to him until his death

Edward late one night drove off a bridge at Chappaquiddick 
Reporting the next day about Mary Jo Kopechne was horrific 

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Use your time wisely or you just may regret
Read a nice book about a true story of a pet

Write family stories to pass on down
Those stories would never make you frown

Trace some of your family tree
You just might find a celebrity

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Stop spending your MONEY!

Money should only be used to get what you need
Only spend a few dollars here and there to feed

And clothe the family and buy other things like
Deodorant, shampoo, soap, and toiletries alike

You don’t have to have the best and newest
Making a fool of yourself is not the coolest

Down grade your services, shut off the cable
Start paying off the highest bills if you’re able

Shop at places like Goodwill, and the local Dollar Store
Consignment shops, places like that there are many more

I’ve bought many brand new unopened, clothing, appliances, furniture, toys and electronics
At places like the Dollar Store, consignment shops and Goodwill really I’m being quite honest

Everything in my home looks new, because places like I mentioned above
Takes all the end of season items and sends them to Goodwill with love

Don’t forget to clip all those wonderful cents off coupons
Look for sales in stores on those items to use them on

I have many nice things in my home. I didn’t spend a fortune and I have no outstanding debt
But I have things that I enjoy and that make me happy, and no loans or credit card bills do I fret

If you must have a credit card then get just one, that you can use anywhere either a  Master Card or a Visa
All those other store credit cards  are just quite useless and will mostly add to your worry


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If you can get a smaller home, or rent at least for a while so you don’t have to pay taxes on a home. That could save money too. If you can go to college for free, then do that. Even if it’s only a Pell Grant for two years. Then it’s better than nothing. But don’t take out any college loans. Live as cheaply as you ca

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Success is measured in many a way

Because you have lots of money they say

Or because you have an education

From a good college with accreditation

Maybe that you have a great paying job

That just makes your heartthrob

And a beautiful home in a safe neighborhood

That you have wanted since you were in childhood

But others have obstacles tossed at them in their life

Find it much harder to complete because of their strife

So when they have overcome such things as, abuse, poverty, or a disability

When they reach the goal that they are seeking we should all act accordingly

They’ve had to work harder, longer and have had many daily struggles and little comfort

Their stories of success are greater since most don’t have family to count on for support

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