Forecast: Nor'easter! Heavy snow and wind...heaviest Wednesday right through the morning ride (5am-9am). Highs near 30. Northeast wind 15-35 mph. Thankfully, our *lowest high tides* of the month occur during the storm so coastal flooding isn't likely. A widespread 12-16 inches is likely with rain and mixing cutting back totals on the Cape and Islands.
It's "the perfect storm" in regards to school closing potential. The timing is just right. Starts to snow around midnight and continues in to the next evening.
There was once a time where I had choreographed an entire snow dance.
You know to make the Gods of Weather dump snow upon us and cancel school.
I did this not only as a student, but as a teacher.
Now I curse the snow day.
And I'm not sure which of the following is to blame:
- My realization that it's not a free day off, but rather a loaner that needs to be paid back with interest (the interest being a stifling hot late June classroom full of kids who have checked out for the year). Yes, I would rather be in school in January than June.
- Moving to an "MCAS Grade." At this time of year every. single. second. counts. There is a very large (albeit imaginary) clock constantly ticking over my head with the alarm set to the March and May test dates. There is no time for sledding when there is MCAS-a-Coming.
- Children. Once upon a time a snow day meant extra long sips of the coffee cup while checking in with my lady friends: Kelly Ripa, Ellen Degeneres and my girl Oprah. Now it means paying for daycare on a day it's not used, cabin fever, and spending more time "suiting up" than you spend outdoors. Oh, and did I mention I am so not the outdoor type? Much less on cold, snowy days. I'm more of the "pajama type."
- OCD. I like a rhythm to my week. I like structure and routines and those routines are built around a 5 day schedule. Luckily this is a review week in our reading program so I won't be falling behind, but girlfriend likes her schedule to flow according to plan.
And so I wait.
For the call.
Which may or may not come.
But, probably will.
And so I ask you....do you enjoy snow days? (and since I am brainwashed by teaching open responses I must also add...) Support your answer with details.