It gets really hot here in Waco. August and September are often marked with days over 100 degrees. But it gets cold here, too – at least in comparison to what I have known in Houston over the years. I know it is nothing to you Northerners. We are in our fourth day without getting above freezing and last night a gentle snow blanketed Central Texas. Snow fell twice last winter, but was gone before the day was over. We don’t expect this to melt for a day and a half!
When it snows in this part of the world, things grind to a halt. Most people don’t get out and drive, and those that do crash into each other. Schools close. Pipes freeze. Texans complain and shiver while transplanted Minnesotans walk around in short sleeves grinning.
So for the day the Baylor campus is shut down. I have a warm house, papers to grade, coffee to drink, a book to read, and time to make a couple of blog entries. Yesterday and today were set aside as Truett Preview Days, when prospective students come here to be introduced (and hopefully recruited) to our seminary. We had dinner with twenty-five of them last night, some of whom have travelled from California, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas. But the campus is shut down today. Some of us are going to try to meet them for lunch nevertheless, so I’ll be walking across the white Baylor campus in a bit, bringing back some photos as a prize. If you Baylor alums want to see the campus of your alma mater covered in snow, click here.