March 12, 2014

Reflections on a Snowy Day


Brrrrrriiinnnnngggggg! The phone startles me awake.  I look at the caller ID information and realize that I already know what the caller is going to say.  “No school today….”

I go upstairs to tell the kids so they can turn off their alarms.  I recall that in December snow days were met with sounds of joy and laughter.  The kids would be so excited that they would get up even though they could sleep longer.  Now, they grunt at me, turn off their alarm clocks, roll over and go back to sleep.  Ahhh….the thought, “Too much of a good things, isn’t always a good thing,” goes through my head.

I stumble back to bed myself.  I haven’t been feeling well, and this cold I have has gotten the best of me.  I had already contacted my students the night before that I would be canceling their 8:00 a.m. class (which is only the second time I have canceled class due to illness during my teaching career at the university), and I felt better about that decision.  At least, my students already knew that they didn’t have to risk driving in poor weather conditions to try to make it to my class. Well, they did if they checked their email since last night!

Later, I get up and the house is still quiet.  I sit down to enjoy the morning newspaper, as I sip my coffee.  The kids are still sleeping, and the snow is falling outside.  Yes, I needed this day – a day to recharge.  Have we had a lot of these days this winter?  Yes, we have, but even so, this one feels like the last snow day that we will have until next winter.  Being the last, I have decided to enjoy it instead of complain about it.  Yes, too much of a good thing is never a good thing, but how many times have I taken something or someone for granted before it or they are gone?  Probably, too often.  I stand up, walk over to the coffee pot and refill my cup.  I stand for a second and listen.  “Da-duh, da-duh, da-duh, DUH!”  Down the stairs they come…guess who else must be ready to enjoy the day?!



  1. We have had four snow days and an early release. There is another possibility for tomorrow. I really did not want a snow day…until I read your piece:) You are right, those days are always welcome when they happen but in my case we are already working on making up a whole week of school at the end of the year. When the weather is warm and delightful, I really will resent the extra snow days!

    Comment by Wanda Brown — March 12, 2014 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  2. We had a snow day today as well. I needed today. I feel rested and ready for tomorrow! I hope that you are feeling better as well!

    Comment by Jaana — March 12, 2014 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

  3. Even though we didn’t have a snow day here in Columbus, I can still relate to your post because we had plenty this year. I do love snow days for the quiet and the stillness it provides. Hope you enjoyed it!

    Comment by Stella Villalba — March 12, 2014 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

  4. Our students are on March Break here in Ontario. But we had over 10cm of snow – so glad I wasn’t driving! It is lovely – until you get out to snowblow or shovel. So glad you got the chance to recharge. So necessary!

    Comment by bevbaird — March 13, 2014 @ 1:22 am | Reply

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