Snow day

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vSnow days. Whether you love them or hate them is usually dependent upon whether or not you have to work in them.

Several years ago, when my children were younger and I worked as a substitute teacher, we had snow. Of course, it didn’t start falling until after the school day had begun and I was in a room full of kindergartners.

Five-year-olds that aren’t allowed to go outside because the weather is too cold can be a handful. Think cabin fever on an energy drink and multiply that by 21. It’s difficult enough in such a situation to keep the little ones on track and complete any assignments. Then add snow to the mix.

Children want to see the snow, go out in the snow and play in the snow. Some of us would have been glad to send them into the snow, if it had been allowed. Fortunately, school closed early and we at least got to send the students home with their parents.

Of course, this meant I got to pick up my own children and drive home in the snow. At least we only lived a mile from the school.

Once home, the kids bundled up and went outside to play in the snow since the opportunity to do so in East Texas doesn’t arrive that often. My middle child built a snowman with her dad while the other two threw snowballs.

I personally don’t mind the cold, as long as I don’t have to be cold. While I appreciated not having to work that particular snow day, I preferred to stay in and sip hot cocoa and read a book.

That’s the way a snow day should be spent, in my opinion. One should be able to relax at home, stay cozy – whether by a fire or curled up under a blanket – and just enjoy a good read.

How do you prefer to spend a snow day?

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