My wife is an educator and, come winter, is seriously crazy about following the weather for the purposes of discovering the perfect convergence of snow/sleet/ice/cold and a school day. This ideal scenario means, of course, a snow day. She only works part time so the quest to find this meeting of the weather and the educational system has even more significance than it would were she to work full time, as there are fewer days on which it might happen.
I have some of the same feelings, I admit. A snow day makes me feel like a kid. That feeling of another day in the old classroom, suddenly turned into a day romping through the drifts of white, now that’s something to celebrate. Having my own children these days, I get to experience a little of that all over again. Plus, I get to do some romping now and again myself.
My wife, however, gets way more excited than I do. This is a reflection, perhaps, of my own surliness. Or maybe I just have a little bit less hope, or I hate to get disappointed if it does not happen. In any case, she keeps me up on the latest.
This morning had real potential to be a snow day. It started snowing last night and was falling heavily this morning. The forecast was somewhat squirrely, so it had been continually updated over the past week as a couple of systems converged on us. As of last night, it looked good for some poor travel. Poor travel conditions are the key element to the snow day. School gets cancelled if it seems unsafe for buses to make their way along the slippery roads.
Not only the severity of a storm has to be right but the timing has to be right. If the roads can get cleared in time, well, forget missing a day of school. It was seriously a tough call for those school administrators I am sure. I wouldn’t want to be in their shoes. If you cancel school, some parent complains that it was fine and their little Einstein missed another day of fractions. If you don’t cancel school, some parent complains that their kid had to risk his neck just for another day of fractions. Not an easy business.
You might have guessed by now that we did not have a snow day today. Frankly, that isn’t a terrible thing for me. Making up a snow day is big fat hassle. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it. It just puts a thorn in my tender side. My wife, as you can imagine, was not exactly thrilled about this. She even got a tad grumpy, but don’t tell her I said so. Every school in the state, except for a few here in Chittenden County, was closed. Apparently, they like to play it safe, while here in Chittenden County feel the need to risk a bus full of children in a ditch to keep the moaners at bay.
Don’t get me wrong, we have some stellar bus drivers around these parts, and I would trust them to make safety a priority. It’s just that, couldn’t we have a snow day? That would be so much more fun. My wife certainly thinks so. I am not home at the moment and I need to travel to get there. It is snowing, ice covers the car. It is slick as a booger rag. But even if it were 6:00 am, I am sure schools around here would still be open. Too many little Einsteins to educate.