Friday evening, as the weather began to chill, we headed home and did all the proper things. We made sure the outside water faucets were off, the bird feeder was full, and the house was prepped for the cold.
On Saturday, we watched the beautiful snow falling (along with the temperature) and settled in for the day. We exercised, cleaned, did the laundry, put away the clutter. We chit-chatted.
Happy little couple, nice and safe and warm, exercising good common sense by not being out on the road. We watched a movie (God Bless Netflix) and snuggled up on the sofa.
By Sunday, we were a little antsy: "You wanna go do something?" We couldn't figure out what to do. It was still too cold to putter around much outside. We exercised again.
Okay. What now?
We opened the monstrous stack of paper that breeds in the corner. We threw away or filed all the scraps and stacks. You can actually see the tabletop now (it won't last long).
Sunday night, we couldn't stand it any more. We just had to get out. We went out for dinner in spite of the cold. It simply felt good to see something other than the inside of my own house.
I am a social creature, and I am convinced that I would have bats in my belfry if I had to be in solitary confinement.
Monday, my husband was back at work, so he was getting his mental/social stimulation. I resorted to something that I almost never do - I went shopping.
I went over to Towne Center. So did the entire population of Henry County. My heavens, it was rear ends and elbows out there. Cars and people and people and cars. They were shopping, sipping, eating, and moving.
It was like we had all been trapped inside for months.
There were lines in all the stores, and the restaurants were packed. Everyone was talking as fast as they were driving. Cellphones and mp3 players looked a lot like little antennae on an ant herd as you looked out over the crowd.
On the way home, I was listening to the radio as I waited, not-so-patiently, to get back out of the parking lot. The news people was forecasting a recession. They've been naysaying and badmouthing since the end of the Christmas shopping season. It is like the media is trying to create a recession by "talking it up."
Well, I am just not so convinced. Everybody I saw on Monday was buying something. It was like a cacophony with cash. I am absolutely certain that if we want to stave off a recession, we just need more snow days.
Think about it.
On the first day, all the grocery stores will sell out of milk, bread, and beer. Two or three days later, when everyone has cabin fever; they'll all head to the malls to socialize and buy whatever they've seen on TV in the last 48 hours.
We just need to be sure that they all shop in Henry County, so we can reap the sales-tax benefits.
Denese Rodgers is executive director of Connecting Henry, a social-service, networking, partnership organization in Henry County.