By M. Scott Morris and Michaela Gibson Morris
TUPELO – The Gresham family moved to Tupelo from sunny Fairhope, Ala., but 5-year-old Juliet knew all about snowmen on her first ever snow day on Tuesday.
“Do you want to see if we can find a nose?” said Juliet’s mom, Hilary Gresham, 33.
“Yes, Mommy. Carrot, please,” Juliet said.
“I don’t know if we have a carrot,” Gresham said.
“That’s what they always use,” Juliet said.
She was pleased when her mother brought an orange peel, which matched the color Juliet had in mind.
They never saw snow in Fairhope, but since moving to Tupelo it has snowed in their old hometown. When that happened a couple of weeks ago, Gresham taught Juliet about snowmen.
“We made our own out of dough,” Gresham said.
In addition to building a real snowman on Tuesday, Juliet made snow angels on the family’s back deck. She was bundled up, having fun and wanting more snow.
“If I could just hang on the branches and make it move, I could have more,” she said.
Jordan Poppelreiter, 16, of Tupelo, didn’t set her alarm Monday night and no one woke her Tuesday morning.
“At 9, I walked in and said, ‘Am I not going to school?’ She said, ‘No, they canceled it,’” Poppelreiter said. “I said, ‘That’s OK with me.’”
She was clearing snow off her car to make a snowman, but the going wasn’t as easy as she would’ve liked.
“The problem is it’s not sticking together and being pretty,” she said.
Poppelreiter said her teachers expected the snow, so there wasn’t much to miss at school.
It was a different story for Jared Ware, 9, and Jordan Shelton, 11. Both Tupelo boys missed tests.
“I didn’t study,” Jordan said. “I didn’t do anything, hoping it would snow.”
“Yeah, me, too,” Jared said.
The pair were dressed in their warmest hunting clothes for an early morning snowball fight, then they tried to make their own version of a snowman.
“We wanted to make a deer head,” Jared said, and a pair of antlers was sitting next to a ball of snow.
“It’s not really working,” Jordan said with a shake of his head.
Randy McFerrin of Mantachie wasn’t planning a hike in the snow Tuesday; he just wanted to get to North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo, where he has served as an ambassador for 33 years. But getting to work required extra steps and a good Samaritan.
McFerrin left Mantachie before 5 a.m., but he drove only as far as Mooreville before the snow became too thick.
“I got to where I could hardly see,” said McFerrin, who got out and started walking.
Jackie Gasaway of Mooreville was on his way home to Mooreville after taking his wife, Peggy, a cardiac surgery nurse, to the hospital. He stopped to help McFerrin in Skyline.
“I didn’t realize how cold it was until I got into the truck,” said McFerrin, who was deeply appreciative of Gasaway’s kindness after spending more than an hour slogging through the snow.
McFerrin’s dedication to his job is over and above anything Gasaway said he’s ever seen.
“He just blew my mind,” Gasaway said.