Every so often, the internet grants us something so pure and so true that it honestly feels like we don’t deserve it. Today, for example, we have the viral hit known as the “Fat and Sassy Lady,” so named for her advice on exactly what one should do when a snowstorm threatening to leave everyone housebound is approaching — that is, make some comfort food and prepare to “get all fat and sassy.” We were introduced to Fat and Sassy Lady (real name Shirley Nash) in a clip from Charlotte-area North Carolina news station WCCB Charlotte, and although the clip isn’t exactly new, it has still endeared itself to the hearts of folks all over the internet. Because, I mean… it’s perfect.
The clip itself is from early January, when the National Weather Service predicted four to eight inches of snow falling across Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. The storm didn’t end up going quite as expected — as of Jan. 7, Charlotte only got around an inch, according to the Charlotte Observer, while areas around northern Piedmont and the foothills ended up about twice the predicted amount — but during the days prior to the snowfall, it was all that was on anyone’s minds.
During Courtney Francisco’s report on the scene in Cornelius, NC for WCCB Charlotte, which was posted to the web on Jan. 6, we heard from a sampling of local residents on how they were preparing for the storm — which, according to Francisco, mostly consisted of people getting “ready to sit back and enjoy this one.” Such is the nature of a weekend snowstorm.
Here's the thing: Interstates and major roads typically get plowed first during big snowstorms (which, y’know, makes sense) — but if you live in a smaller town or on a sideroad, it might be a while before the plows get to the streets around your home. Since they’re not as widely traveled, they’re simply lower priority… which often results in folks being snowbound for longer than they might really like. (I speak from experience: I grew up in New England. This is how we spent every single winter.) So, people took the standard precautions: There was the standard mad dash for the grocery store (bread and milk were “slim pickings,” according to several residents); some people had hit up the video store to rent movies; and kids were suiting up for the sledding-filled weekend of their dreams.
But you know who really nailed it? Cornelius resident Shirley Nash. As she put it, “We’ll probably sit around, and cook some soups, and eat bread and desserts, and just get all fat and sassy!”
To which I can only say:
YES. THIS. This is exactly what snowstorms are for.
The internet, naturally, adores Shirley Nash, for hers is the hottest take on snowstorm preparation 101 — and, indeed, on life itself: