For years we’ve been heading down to Florida this time of year, boat in tow, to escape the bitter dregs of winter and get some sunshine on our faces. Now, the first year in decades we couldn’t go, the warm weather came to Michigan to meet us. I’ll take it.
Was it Al Gore that invented the Internet and predicted global warming? If I was a “Chicken Little,” I would think the sky was falling and we’re all going to fry while we cook eggs on the sidewalk. But don’t forget, this is Michigan. I think Michigan is an ancient Pottawattomie word for “justwhenyouthinkitsspringitsnows."
Back in the old days, I was a wedding photographer and documented about 150 nuptials. The only one I didn’t consider a proud piece of work was the day of the Great Blizzard. I awoke on a Saturday morning to 5 feet of snow in the road and the sound of spinning tires and swearing. I looked out my bedroom window to see four cars stuck in the road between me and the main road.
I called a friend who had a four-wheel drive monster truck and asked him to pick me up at the corner if he could make it. He rammed through the unplowed streets and made it, picked me up and got me to the wedding in Spring Lake just in time. The only people there were the very unhappy bride to be, her soon-to-be husband and the minister. An hour later the parents made it. We proceeded with the wedding with all eight of us in attendance. It didn’t take long.
The reception was supposed to be in Fruitport and all the north-south roads were virtually impassible. I apologized to the poor bride and explained I had two young children at home and couldn’t risk my life to take pictures. I didn’t charge her for the few pictures I took and went roaring off down the road hoping to get home alive.
What’s the point, you say? That wedding was in April, in Michigan! Don’t put your snow shovels away yet, folks. It’s not over until the fat lady puts on her two-piece and walks on the Grand Haven pier.
On the other hand, I think I’ll get my boat out of winter storage and go fishing.
— Doug Peerbolt, Grand Haven Township