Last summer I complained that Delaware (well, the Mid-Atlantic, in general) doesn't get snow anymore. Our past few winters had only a few dustings of snow and many cold, rainy nights. If you are going to live in a climate with four seasons, I think you should experience all four seasons! I couldn't remember the last time we had a white Christmas and we hadn't had "real" snow in a few years. I love summer as much as the next person, but winter had become so pathetic that I was pretty sure that global warming was ruining our seasons much more quickly than anticipated.
Winter 2010 is everything I hoped for and more. We had a white Christmas and our first snowfall arrived before the first day of winter! We're on our second (or is it third?) major winter storm. To make the deal even sweeter, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are all under a state of emergency so there's no way that my husband and I would have to go to work, even if our employers tried to be tough. I mentioned before that we have long commutes (hubby works in over an hour away in PA and I work about an hour away in NJ) and we really appreciate our time together and just relaxing at home. These storms over the past two weeks have forced us to slow down, get some rest, and enjoy our home (and some great home cooked meals). Plus, we're saving money on fuel and we're not relying on restaurant meals (which we sometimes do when we're exhausted after work).
My husband and I have made some difficult career and educational choices that have left us with insane schedules. A forced slowdown (like a snowstorm) is a blessing for us. Some people dream of vacationing to exotic places, but these days we dream of sleeping late and spending time together in the home that we work so hard to maintain.
If you're in this mess of a snowstorm, be safe. If you are fortunate enough to have the time and resources to be with the ones you love, be thankful. I know we are.