Then after observing several cars spun off the road, and getting stuck in traffic multiple times, I made it to Bilal's school about 2 hours later. The car was skidding as were they all, but fortunately I managed to maintain control. Got him and made the cautious drive back home. By then, Zakir had canceled clinic, left work, and was headed home. But his rear wheel drive did not fare so well. He got stuck multiple times, had to buy cat litter from a gas station for traction, moved a little, and got stuck again. Just as I was planning on going to get him, he managed to get out again. After multiple traffic jams and several detours, he finally made it home by a little after 4pm. After about 5 hours on the road! Unfortunately he will have to get a bent wheel looked at, but that is the worst of the damage.
Meanwhile, where were Safa and Hamza? Still stuck on the road! The car would not go up a hill, and had to be pushed, then they had to turn around and try a detour. They finally made it to our old house, along with a classmate that she was driving home. At least they were able to go inside (she still has the house key on her keychain), and turn up the heat. Her car basically wouldn't drive anywhere with the slightest incline. And the trip home is by no means level roads. There are a lot of hills! So I headed out to get her, and got stuck in horrible traffic, plus the car temporarily got stuck twice. Thankfully I was able to navigate it out, mostly because I had again wisely kept my distance from the car in front. We agreed that the kids would drive to the library and I would meet them there. But her car got stuck in the driveway! So they ended up walking to the library (which was incidentally closed due to the inclement weather). A nice lady, seeing that they weren't wearing gloves, and Safa didn't even have socks on, got them three brand new pairs of socks to wear on hands and feet. Thank God for kind people! I managed to pick them up from the street side, and drove through some very dangerous road conditions, to get them home by 4:15. Finally, all five of us, plus a friend, at home. Oh, and did I mention that on my way to picking them up, I stopped at the middle school and delivered a neighbor's son to his mom? A neighbor I hadn't even met before. But I would have wanted someone to do it for my kid if he were stranded at school!
While this was all going on, Safa's classmate's mom was on the road from Birmingham, trying to make it to our house, and then hers. She finally made it after dark, but the road to her home was blocked. So they are crashing at our house today, in hopes that things will be better by the morning. Hopefully there will be some sand on the roads by then. I feel blessed that God has given us the capacity to help out whenever possible.
|My drive back from the bakery. It wasn't too bad then|
|Our snowy home|