Wow, we came very close to having a white Christmas for the first time ever in McDuffie County this past weekend.
The estimated 31/2 inches of snow that fell in Thomson and other parts of the county began about 2 a.m. Sunday.
As temperatures fell below the freezing mark, the snow began sticking to shrubbery, grassy areas, vehicles and highway signs.
Personally, I thought it was a beautiful sight and added a little something special to Jesus' birthday in 2010.
It was pleasing to others, too.
One was Mama.
I could hardly wait to telephone her with the news because she simply loves it when it snows. After getting in touch with her, she immediately said, "Son, isn't it just beautiful?"
I've always said my mama gets as excited, if not more so, than children do when it snows around these parts.
I'm glad the snow made my mama so happy.
Others who appeared excited about the snowfall included the night shift at the Waffle House at Interstate 20 near Thomson. The cook and servers took turns going outside to take breaks and catch a glimpse of the snowflakes coming down.
At first, the flakes were little. It wasn't long before they increased in size.
Once they did, the snow began sticking much better.
I had met my brother Bobby at the Waffle House about midnight. As we sat, eating an early breakfast and drinking several cups of coffee, we watched the snow fall.
We later continued our conversation in his car -- at least another 45 minutes before I got out and drove back home for a little nap.
I got up about 5 a.m. and continued my news coverage of the winter storm in this area. That coverage continued for the remainder of Sunday. My brother and I later traveled to Warrenton to get an idea about road conditions and to take more snow photos.
Later that morning, afternoon and night coverage was pulled back to the Thomson area.
I got the opportunity to see some beautiful sights. Large trees and their branches were covered by snow, which created pictures I just had to capture for our readers.
That afternoon I was fortunate to find some children and grown-ups playing in the snow. A father and his son, Tom and Tommy Wells, teamed up to build snowmen in the front yard of their home in downtown Thomson.
Others enjoyed creating snow angels in the front yard of their home on the Wrens Highway near Sweetwater Baptist Church.
I even took a couple of walks in the snow. The most memorable was the one I took at Sweetwater Park. As the snow fell, it became very windy. The cold, frigid weather reminded me of the time I lived in Boston.
I hope the snow held good memories for you, too!