I have to admit that one of the greatest treats in the world is to wake up to a Snow Day – a day when schools are closed due to inclement weather. This week we were given that gift. For those of you who have never had a chance to experience this phenomenon, I thought I would paint the picture for you. Maybe in these words, you, too, can experience the thrill of this small pleasure.
The build-up and excitement for the event began the night before at Indoor Soccer practice. As my kids came off their fields, joined by their friends, they all seemed to be eagerly discussing the weather. There were secret grins, side bets, and shouts across the arena to make sure everyone checked The Weather Channel when they got home.
My own kids have a ritual – something they learned from their friends. It involves a series of silly superstitions, and they perform it every time they THINK there is a chance of a Snow Day. First, they put their pajamas on inside out. Then, they run around the house 10 times, crawling under the dining room table each time. Next they take a handful of ice and flush it down the toilet. Finally, they place a spoon underneath their pillow. I can’t explain any of it, but watching them run around, giggling and laughing, cracks me up, so I allow them the pleasure of performing all of these acts.
This week, their ritual worked. As they had hoped, the bad weather arrived. Throughout the night I could hear the trucks grinding through the streets, dragging their plows and dropping salt and sand onto the roads. When I woke in the morning and checked the news, sure enough, all the area schools were closed. Sitting on the couch in the dark of the early morning, I gave a silent fist pump and experienced the familiar flutter of excitement.
A Snow Day is like a “give me”. You can’t completely prepare for it, and it is always a slight surprise – especially the first one of the year! It felt like I’d been given a FREE day, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
We dragged out our sleds, built snow castles and had snowball fights. The neighbors joined us as well. When we got tired from the brisk air and exertion, we all filed in, stripping off mittens and layers of wet clothes. Our boots left huge puddles on the floor, and our cheeks glowed from the brisk air and exertion. Together, we made cookies and drank hot chocolate. Then we curled up and enjoyed the comfort and warmth of our home.
When the day ended, I was sad to see it go, but Snow Days are special because they don’t happen often. They are a rare treat, and we enjoyed every minute of the gift we were given.
We don’t have to wait for Snow Days to happen in order to enjoy special moments, however. Any day can be a ‘Snow Day’ if we make an effort. We can create surprises and play with our children any time we choose to do so. This week, I hope you will find a way to play for a bit. Give yourself permission to enjoy yourself for a while. You’ll be glad that you did.
I will leave you with a few fun quotes about the winter weather:
*”A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!” ~Author Unknown
*”Snowmen fall from heaven… unassembled.” ~Author Unknown
*”Bad weather always looks worse through a window.” ~Author Unknown
*”Perfect winter weather is a great caffeine, while perfect summer weather is the best sedative.” ~Amethyst Snow-Rivers
Enjoy your week!