Abraham Mahshie – Contributing Writer
In the checkout line at the Franklin Walmart last Thursday, Molly Fincher, 77, bought milk and bread –- and clementines — to be ready for the “monumental” storm everyone was expecting.
“I’ll believe it when I see it,” said the Macon, Ga.-native who moved permanently to Franklin seven years ago.
“It’s a southern thing to do – have you stocked up? Have you got your milk and bread?” she said of the run on milk and bread in the days leading up to Macon County’s brush with Winter Storm Diego. “I think it’s more of a saying than literal. Although, I did buy milk and bread. I guess if you’ve got that, you’ve got it made.”
Super Ingles store manager Mark Pruitt, 55, affirmed temporary lapses of some specialty breads in the week leading up to the Saturday storm.
But, with the long advance forecast, he was able to double his bread order for Thursday, and drastically increase volume for Friday and Saturday to keep the Georgia Road location in stock.
“That’s the way it’s been all my life and I’ve never really understood,” said Pruitt, unable to explain the spike in sales in the two staples. He added that other items selling were soups, broth, water and eggs.
“If it went south, we’d be stocked up with bread and milk,” he added.
Wood seller John Scott, 70, on Old Murphy Road saw his first winter spike in wood sales ahead of the storm.
“It’s flying out of here,” he hollered, while loading a truck with cured, dried red oak. Usually, his wood sales don’t pick up until after the Christmas holiday.
Scott also saw sales in aroma-producing hickory, maple and wild cherry split logs.
“For the ladies,” he said with a wink. “Get yourself some vino and a lady and throw some of those logs on the fire.”
Ryan Anderson, 6, left the storm preparations to his father, but he did test out the snowball-making quality of the snowfall Sunday morning.
“I won,” he said of the snowball fight that ensued. Revealing his strategy, he continued: “I just bend down, and he misses.”
Ryan’s father, Chris Anderson, 31, then tried to explain how he allowed his son to win.
“It’s a big event here,” Fincher said of the area’s first snowfalls. She reflected on how she took advantage of fresh powder in younger years.
“The first thing we would do is get into the car and go down to the Kmart parking lot and see how many wheelies we could do and spin the car out.”