Mom Graham Explains Why Andy Graham Travels

January 25, 2014, and my mother explains in one paragraph why I do not live in Indiana during the winter, and it has nothing do with global warming. hehe

My mother wrote me an e-mail

Snow storm

Subject: Mom on Blog

Hi Andy, I have stories for your blog about why you do not live in Indiana in winter. No school in Ft Wayne and lots of places yesterday, Friday, Jan 24th because it was 20 below 0. If your face freezes in 10 minutes outdoors kids cannot stand and wait for bus and if bus broke down very serious plus some kids walk to school. Got up at 12:30 and looked out this morning and it was blowing but ok. Got up at 2:24 and snow had blown high in front of all doors and could not open them. Well, I finally with help of broom managed to get door open enough to pry shovel loose side of door. I shoveled a pile of snow that is high as my waist in the middle of back porch  and to get dad out if necessary and after that shoveled so we can get in laundry room door. Gotta watch it real close because it just keeps blowing. Dinning room window pretty much covered now too. BUT STRANGE, the driveway along side is still ok. Don't know how cold it is because the thermometer broke the other day and I have to rely on TV and what friends put on FB. Be happy you are where it is warm. Shortage of propane and natural gas and price went up 28% and oil went up 6 %. I am using a electric heater and oven to keep the house comfortable for your dad. We just got another $787.00 worth of oil. I hope it lasts a month. I imagine this will make the kids go to school half the summer. BE HAPPY YOU ARE NOT HERE. love prayers mom dad

My mother sometimes says,
"I do not understand global warming."

There are real problems.

Thanks Mom and Dad,

Love Andy in Natitingou, Benin West Africa about 93 degrees. 


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That photo made me laugh. I'm currently missing out on the horrific winter conditions in Canada and am not sorry in the least. I'll take this Cambodian heat over that freezing nonsense any day.

Thanks for sharing that with us Andy , it does explain a lot about why you travel , and the state of the world we live in. Hope your parents make it through the winter ok .

This was a great note! Thanks for sharing Andy.
being from MN I really feel with your mother, and being in northern, MN is simply crazy. Since I am from the twin cities area, northern MN is a whole new ball game with the great lakes.
The good news: Most out door enthusiast really love this and the ice fishing and snow machine industry are bouncing back from the sluggish last couple of years.
The bad news: if you ONLY burn propane wow, hopefully you saved for a snow day because it's high buck now. We burn wood but this winter has really taken a toll on people. Stay warm people.

My mother wrote this, and wanted it posted, so I posted it, in the raw as she wrote it. Empathy is keeping our eyes wide open, no denial of what we read, see or hear from real people. I am not sure how to empathize with a news report, after being in places in the news like Iraq, I am quite sure the news is for the most part extremely exaggerated. However, a report from my mom is raw news, and one of the reason I try to tell people to make friends on the hobo community. Facebook friends with messages are better than CNN.

A few people wrote angry comments, as if I was doing something bad by making a comparison. My mother and father are too old to move around the planet, but it there is one thing I am 100 percent sure, many people can avoid the weather.

Prayers as my mother says, Andy Graham

Looks just like my house here - 30 miles from your Mother :-) Been a hard winter - makes me look hard for a warmer place - thanks for your words on Lome

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