Snow days. Smetimes, they are not all you imagine them to be. As a child, I always dreamed of missing school due to snow. But, growing up in North Carolina, snow days usually were only a couple of days a year. When we got one we always braved the cold to spend the afternoon sledding. We never gave thought that we would have to make up the days we missed. We could even make a few dollars shoveling our neighbor’s sidewalks. Being the geek I am, after a day or two I was ready to go back to school.
As an adult and a middle school teacher, I still look forward to snow days. I look at a snow day as extra time I can spend with my family and I just know that I can get a lot of things accomplished around the house. I know that I will have an extra few minutes to get my thoughts organized and maybe even write. I know that there are great things in my mind just waiting for the right time to burst forward.
Better than one snow day is having two or more snow days. With the forecast of a huge snow storm that is projected to shut down most of the east coast, I can foresee the extra time to clean out closets, straighten out drawers, and grade papers. I’ll still have time to play with my daughter and maybe even shovel the driveway. Yeah, we will have to make up the time later, but I’ll use the time wisely for now.
Well, that is enough fantasy and day dreaming for now. In all actuality, I’m real happy that our power has not gone out and we have enough food in the house, so we don’t have to go out unless we want to. I was able to sleep past 8:30 for the past two days and I get to get my 4 year old, Allie, up and eat breakfast with her. I’ve cleaned out no closets, but I did shovel the driveway. I’ve spent most of my time holding little ones on my lap, fixing bottles and changing diapers. (We also have a four month old and an eighteen month old that we care for.)
Did I get to write? A little. I did some mental processing and was able to work on a short story for a couple of hours, but not all at one time. With three little ones, sometimes it is hard to concentrate. Oh yeah, I did get to complete this writing. I had to wait until the noise calmed down, but hey, we do what we have to not necessarily what we want. By the way, I’m ready to get back to school.
***John E. Stack is the author of Cody’s Almost Trip to the Zoo, and the soon to be released Cody’s Rescue Adventure at the Zoo.