I was so incredibly naive. Back in early January, I begged winter to have mercy on us. By that point, we’d had a few snow storms, some wind-related power outages and some temperatures that—at the time—seemed pretty darn cold.
That was before the Polar Vortex made repeated visits. Before about four more snowstorms (and too many school cancellations to count). Before we took a colleague’s quiz to see who would stay home from work for the snow day too many times. And before I put away the snow shovels, sleds and boots at least three times, thinking surely we were done with them for the year.
I dragged all of it back out this morning, because we are once again buried by several inches of fluffy, white snow. In mid-March. Admittedly, our yard looks beautiful. But I kind of liked the muddy mess we had on Saturday, when it was 70 degrees and I was wearing sandals, more.
I rushed to unearth the snow pants and the boots that don’t quite fit anymore, figuring the kids would be eager to hit the hills with their sleds. But they are showing no interest. That’s when you know it’s been a long, cold, lonely winter: Even the kids are bored by the snow at this point. So instead, they’ve built a Lego city, painted leprechauns and
begged for more screen time. There has been nary a mention of a sled or hot cocoa around these parts.
My teacher friends on Facebook, who in December were welcoming the gift of an extra day off? Yeah, they’re over it too. They’re staring at a longer school year, and trying to cram all of the curriculum in before the end-of-the-year tests.
The last few cancellations have yielded desperate e-mails from teachers: Practice your decimal skills online! Keep reading! Review your notes on the American Revolution! Today, a colleague received an e-mail from her child’s teacher saying the snow day is a great chance to take online practice tests for the Virginia Standards of Learning exams.
So, for the sake of our sanity now, and our summer vacation plans in July, can they just go to school tomorrow? Please?
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