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* Snow Day *

It’s Friday and Snow-ma-geddon is happening across the upper Midwest.  As predicted, Lake Effect snow began  last night – with the snow falling fast and beautiful.   I’m thankful to be on the inside looking out.

After an eye appointment yesterday, I took the opportunity to pick up some groceries — by 3:30 p.m. the store was packed – with Seniors!  Older ladies & gents with small carts stuffed full of bread, fruit, eggs, lunch meats, deli cheeses, big jugs of wine, candy bars, frozen foods, baked goods and toilet paper.  Everyone was chatty and the mood was upbeat, with a camaraderie that comes from sharing a weather event.   Even the cashiers were cheery; I bagged my groceries and pushed the heavy cart through the slush to my vehicle.

Hubbs and I chatted last night remembering what it felt like to be a kid on an evening like that ~ going to bed happy, deliciously anticipating two glorious words at dawn’s early light:

Because he grew up in town, and I on a farm, his “Snow Day” experience was a lot different from mine.  He remembers being woken up by his Mom, letting him know that school had been cancelled, she was leaving for work and their “to-do” list was on the table.  He & his brother were to shovel the driveway, each taking a side.  There may have been other chores to do, some of which were his sisters.  Then, once the jobs were done, he, and his best friend Bob, would head to their favorite sledding hill ~ Now picture a grown man whose eyes take on a dreamy look as he remembered their adventures on that hill.  They had traditional toboggans, saucers, and of course old-fashioned sleds with runners.  He even remembered being ran over by his buddy once, two of them ending in a tangled heap.  “He over-cooked it! Of course he did,” he said, laughing.   Often, after a full day of sledding adventures, they’d return for more that evening. “Their” hill had a pole light nearby which allowed for night-time sliding ~ and he speaks fondly of the two of them laying on their backs, staring up at the stars, catching their breath and talking.   Good stuff.

On the farm we received the glorious news via a phone call from our Bus Driver, Elliott.   One of two things had happened: 1) school was officially cancelled (yay!) OR 2) the bus wouldn’t start (-40 temps).  Dad typically was the messenger – we’d wake to hear him quietly say, “back to bed – no school” or “back to bed – the bus won’t start” — all 5 of us did a collective “tuck & roll” and snoozed a bit longer.

I don’t remember extra chores ~ my brothers helped Dad with farm animals daily and we girls did, too, plus we always helped Mom inside.  What I remember most vividly was how it never took us long to hatch a plan ~  the family farm has a winding coulee / cow pasture directly to the north, with wicked sledding hills, some more treacherous than others.  Mom fed us a big breakfast and booted us outside; we’d walk to the coulee as a group, dragging our sleds and crazy carpets behind us.  There we’d stay for hours ~ or so it seemed.  I favored the crazy carpet because it was much faster than the wooden toboggan – and it was easier to pull up the hill. However, it afforded absolutely no protection if you ran over a frozen cow pie.  Toboggans would ricochet off but that thin plastic barrier ensured at least one banged up knee or bruised tailbone.  We didn’t care – the faster the better, we  lined up, zoomed down, and back up we’d go.  So. Much. Fun!   When we finally had enough, in we’d come, red-faced with sweaty hair, frosted scarves, starving and exhausted.  Mom would make us tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches followed by a card game or two.  And, if we were really lucky, and the roads had cleared, Dad might take us into town to skate at the local rink.  He’d visit with neighbors,  play cards and eat pie.

Feats of daring and destruction!

Chatting with our oldest son, he shared that the grands have a snow day too – and he has the day off  and they’re scouting for the perfect sledding hill.  They’ve got snowboards and saucers but he’ll be the biggest kid on the hill 🙂

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* Below is the family coulee ~ in the distance you can see our magnificent sledding hills … oh the memories.

a coulee that runs for miles

 

What do you remember about snow days when you were a kid?  How did you get the glorious news?  And do you get snow days now?

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Redefining Snow Days

What the dog saw (an emjayandthem photo)

12.9 inches of snow overnight and it’s still coming down here in West Michigan.  Thankfully, the howling North-easterly winds have stopped.  I didn’t sleep all that well because I kept waking up to see if the power was still on.  Frankie the dog snored happily and seems ever-so-rested.  Our 17-year-old is still tucked in and the only sounds coming from his end of the house are sighs, snores and creaks of the mattress when he rolls over.

School was cancelled last night via an automated recorded phone call.   When I was a kid, school was rarely cancelled. Instead our bus driver, a local farmer, would call each of the 12 families on his route and politely inform them that it was too cold and the bus wouldn’t start.  Back to bed we went!
  
Oh how snow days have changed.
 
Now, because we still have power, I am working from home: I’m slogging through three corporate projects via my laptop and dialing in to conference calls.  I’m also working AT home .. meaning I’m doing laundry, soaking dishes, and have put a roast in the oven.  
 
Gone are my snow days of slipping back under the covers and sleeping the morning away.   The only way I’d get that is IF we lost power, and that is definitely not on my wish list.  Plus, since the hubbs is travelling today,  as the resident adult, I’d have to be awake to stoke the fire.   Pioneer woman? Not so much.
 
But .. there’s a definite trade-off that is pretty wonderful:  my hair’s in a pony tail, I’m dressed in yoga pants & fleece and old dog is happily snoozing at foot.   I can stop and watch the snow, take a picture here and there and refill my coffee at any time …and I can take a break and catch up on morning TV if I choose to. 
 
Come to think of it …this kinda does feel like a snow day. Without the sleep part.
 
How about you? Were you impacted by the blizzard of 2011?   
 
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