Anyone else out there with weather-obsessed parents? While mine might have good excuse working outside most days on farm chores, I suspect that they'd be the same from a New York City penthouse or the biodome.
It started yesterday. The first email of the morning was from my mom with a bulleted list of Thanksgiving contingency plans-- essentially it read, "if not Thursday, then Friday. If not Friday, then Saturday..." And, so on. Having not seen the forecast myself, my dismissive reflex kicked in. But as the day progressed, everyone from daycare staff to coffee cashiers to clients were all saying the same, "Ready for snow?"
So, like it or not, it looks like we're going to get some inconvenient weather in DC this week. And this has me thinking, this is precisely when specialization doesn't work. If Thanksgiving isn't pulled off on schedule, each family member will be stuck with various components of the dinner-- each individual element will be delicious (and a lot of it) but still incomplete.
The 5" predicted at my parent's place near Frederick, MD will be just enough to make the back roads impassable for anyone trying to reach them. Their neighbors traveling over the river and through the woods on foot are likely the only ones who'll be able to make it. (T&D: Bring extra wine and a couple board games. I'm telling you.)
So, here's the score as I see it...
- My parents will be "snowed in" with two turkeys. No, the actual turkeys not the neighbors. They're great, really.
- One sister will be trapped with four boys and enough mashed potatoes to sculpt a small igloo village in the likely event that Olney only gets a dusting.
- The streets in Falls Church will surely be slightly damp. But, lucky us, we'll have two large sweet potato casseroles and three kids who only eat hotdogs and mac and cheese.
- My other sister in DC? She'll be stuck with three pies, two specialty cocktails, and one new husband (I'm betting we get a new niece/nephew in time for Thanksgiving next year.)
While we all know the benefits of specialization, unanticipated events underscore the importance of having sufficient knowledge and skill to pull off the whole thing in an emergency (or 5" of snow in DC.) Same thing.