My 16 year old starts talking about how much snow some places are getting - 12-24 inches, with 6 inches of ice. I decided this was a good 'teaching moment' to talk about being prepared. (I'm flying solo as a prepper in my family, and I'm glad for teachable moments.) So we're talking about how the ice can really knock out the power, maybe for weeks, and how that will close stores... Then I say, "You know that food that's stored in the basement? People need stuff like that when the stores are closed for a long time." And my son gives me this look and says, "Mom, we don't live in Chicago." But it's not just happening in Chicago - the snow and ice are all across the middle of the US. My son just gives me another look and says, "Mom, we don't live in Kansas, either." So I ask him, does that mean the same thing can't happen here? (His answer was, "Don't treat me like I'm stupid." Then he indicates it would be best for both of us if he just leaves the conversation.) To say that I'm frustrated is putting it lightly. And I know that in my frustration I missed a chance to understand my son. But why won't he 'get it'? Why can't ALL of my family 'get it'?!? For those of you with like minded spouses, you have such a blessing! It would be terrific to be able to sit down with my DH and sons and discuss how we're going to prepare for the aftermath of Egypt. Or even just prepare for a snowstorm! I can see how it might be hard to understand a full-scale meltdown of society. But honestly, preparing for a snowstorm that could knock out services for a couple weeks is just common sense. Isn't it?