Tonawanda News


January 9, 2014

KEPPELER: Life, in 30 minutes


Tonawanda News — What goes through your head in times like these? I know the lion’s share of my brain was concentrating on the road and the other cars — it’s been more than 24 hours as I write this and I can still picture every portion of the drive — but I know I just kept repeating to myself “Just get me home.” I don’t know that it was praying precisely — though I can’t say it wasn’t — I just wanted it to be over. 

Eventually, making that last left turn was a leap of faith and then I was on my street. Soon, I pulled into the driveway, floundered to the front door, kicked the snow off my boots and staggered inside. It was warm. My kids yelled, “Mommy!” My husband asked if I was OK.

And that’s when I discovered I was shaking. Badly, really. I sat and shook for a good five minutes before picking myself up, hugging my kids and heading back to our home office area with a mug of hot cocoa. 

My drive home usually takes me about 10 or 15 minutes. On Tuesday, it took 30. That’s not much, in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a 30 minutes that felt a heck of a lot longer. I found out later that the travel advisory changed to a travel ban, then moved into the City of Tonawanda and NT. I couldn’t agree more. 

It’s the Buffalo area. It snows, we deal — but there’s nothing wrong with playing it safe while doing that.

Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @JillKeppeler.

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