There is nothing like a snow day. It’s inconvenient and stressful when you must shovel, go to work, or seek help with the kids, but how can you fail to see the beauty in a snow day? What a lovely fluffy white gift from above! I get happy just thinking about the chill from outside that makes me turn up the thermostat and dress a little warmer. Wet socks and mittens drying on the heater vent gives me a craving for tea and good movies, baking and card games. Call it snowstorm mojo – Snowjo.
Another snow day tradition I embrace is the pre-storm grocery trip. The parking lot is packed, milk and bread fly off the shelves like they have wings and you get to feeling like kids at the end of the movie High School Musical when they sing “We’re All in This Together.” Of course, none of us would starve if we were snowed in for a day or two but it’s the camaraderie and tradition that trump all else, people giving you permission to go off your diet and throw in that box of chocolate covered donuts that you would otherwise never.
Snow days make exercise fun too. It’s paramount that those of us lucky enough to experience snowman building pass the skill down to our children. Making a snowball and rolling it through wet snow to get it just the right size, then packing and forming it to just the right shape. Lifting it up and setting down just so requires skill and luck, and failing at least once. But when the large snow ball breaks up falls in pieces on the ground, there is no deterrent for success. You just start again. But the best part of the snowman is when you add the eyes and the nose, the hat and the scarf, and you see a personality there, even if it’s gone by dark from a warming trend. For the short term, you have a friend.
On my very short list of reasons to accept life in the suburbs, snow days are number one. Unlike cities where you can get most anyplace using a subway system, we rely on cars and school busses which require safe and passable roads, and plowed parking lots. So there’s the bonus. When the snow makes our roads impassable and requires plowing, we pass the time shoveling out our cars along side of neighbors, offering hot coffee and talking about what we all can talk about in the suburbs — the weather.
Here’s a couple of links to get you motivated for this weekends predicted 10″ snowfall. If you are lucky enough to have a snow day soon, make the most of it.