The drive home was a tad perplexing today. The weatherman had insisted that the whole day was going to be cloudy with spits of snow or rain or frogs of some sort. Sure enough, it was sunny all day, up to the point of us gearing up to go home. Brooding thunderheads to the North and the sun starting to play peek a boo with the local clouds over our heads.
We have a long drive to work. Not really, in the scheme of things, but 25 miles, each way, every school day, gets to feel a little long. When we came to Kansas, we settled near my wife’s sister, who lives near a small town. Not much for jobs around here in 2006, so it came to pass that I found one in the next town over. We live about 11 miles from nowhere, and the next town over was in the wrong direction, so another 14 miles. You tend to do a lot of driving around here. The place where I got my job is famous for hiring spouses. Next thing you know, my wife is working there too. So we drive one car in, save on gas by not driving my old truck.
So, we head for home. The North wind is picking up and that means the front of our SUV will start this mournful howl. All that fancy plastic cowling under the bumper, looks nice, sounds awful. I hate my SUV, in a first world problem sort of way. From the cloud line, it looks like we will avoid doom until we get to the next town. I was hoping this was going to be a rain event, I saw lightning, that means rain, but not always. As we pull to a stop at the first light in town, the big, fluffy snowballs were pelting the road. Five feet in front of us, not on us, but five feet in front of us. It was kinda cool. We plunged onward. It slacked off and we headed out of that town, making for the home stretch. Which is all wide open and windy, with great views of what’s coming your way. And that was sideways snow balls, maybe a frog or 2. There was sun peeking all around, a bit of lightning and sideways snow. Pretty cool. About 5 miles from home, nothing. Sunshine and dry roads. This storm had a very particular agenda. Everybody says, “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute and it will change.” It truly did today. Now, I gotta pick a frog out of my grill.