Snow day!

October 28th, 2009 • Kate

snow_shoesIt’s been snowing since late last night here in Colorado, but luckily, except for one brief trip out this morning, I’ve been enjoying working from home. It’s nice not to have to go out! Plus, I have a new novel by Matthew Cody to read, as well as other wonderful client materials.

Still, I think back to snow days of yore, when school would get canceled, but I’d still bundle up in all my snow gear to go play outside and make a fort. The corners of our driveway, where snow would get piled up both from the street plow and from my dad shoveling the driveway, would turn into towers, and I remember storms after which several people could easily sit in one of our homemade igloos.

Then there were NYC snowstorms, which would blanket the city in a clean coat of white, and cars would cede the broad avenues and cross streets to kids pulling sleds towards Central Park.

Now, I get to watch the puppies bound through snow up to their chests (and clean up after them when they come back inside). And aside from not making my usual trip to the bank or post office, it’s pretty much like a normal work day.

What’s your favorite part of snow days, past or present?

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14 Responses to “Snow day!”

  1. Stephanie W. Says:

    Spending time with my family and drinking lots of hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows, of course!). ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Julia Says:

    Playing board games with my sister and grandmother. But, we didn't get many snow days when I was little – most of us walked to school – so, it was boots over the shoes & chaffed legs from the top of the wet boots! That part wasn't fun!

  3. Amy Says:

    I miss snow days!!

  4. Northwriter Says:

    In my fifteen years of teaching in Fairbanks, Alaska we never had a snow day. Just a couple of freezing rain days.

    My favorite snow day memory was when I was a kid–the blizzard of 78 or 79 in the midwest–five days off from school in a row. We slogged to a store pulling a sled to buy some food. That was cool.

  5. Anna Says:

    I live in Arizona, so I've never had a snow day. But they sound SO fun! My favorite part of snow, the few times I've been in it for very long, is how quiet it is when it's snowing, even when it's really coming down. I love that! Weather is such a novelty to us in the perpetually sunny southwest. Enjoy it, Daphne! I bet little Trixie is really cute all bundled up!

  6. Ash Says:

    Snow days. . .Man, I miss them. I'm currently going to college in Florda, so now more snowy RI days for the next four years. . .

  7. Sara Raasch Says:

    The school I go to now is about an hour away, so my favorite part of snow days is not having to commute an hour. I pray for massive amounts of snow; though, even if the snow isn't massive, I tend to take self-inflicted snow days to spare myself the struggle through ice and snow and sleet all for two or three classes. PSY 101 is just not worth dying for, thank you.

  8. Vonna Says:

    A few years ago, for the first time in my life, it snowed on Christmas Eve in Houston, Texas. Beautiful.

  9. Chantal Kirkland Says:

    Well, here in Dallas, if it snows, it's only going to snow once a year. So, we made the best of it anytime it ever lasted longer than a few hours. When I was about 14 or 15, we had a week where it stayed icy (not snowy, but icy), so my brother and I talked my dad into making us 'sleds' which were really old satellite dishes. Then, he took us to the highest hill in town and we slid off the edge…it was brilliant. We spun (the elemental reason that northerners know not to use a parabola for a sled) and twirled down that hill at what felt like mach-speed. I held onto my brother and we laughed so hard we almost didn't make it back up the hill. That was my favorite snow day…

  10. Michelle Says:

    Lots of Texans here! It's in the 80's in Houston right now. I can only dream of magical snow days… ๐Ÿ™

  11. Mandy Says:

    I can only remember one snow day in my life. It snowed 1/2". We played in it until it was gone.

    However, I have experienced tons of hurricane days. My senior year in high school we were let out for a month due to hurricanes. Those days were mainly spent eating the icecream the grocery stores gave out for free because their power was out, trying to catch snippets of the Olympics on hand held televisions, and cleaning up random trees out of people's yards/roofs/driveways. And cleaning up after the fire across the street. Good times.

  12. Kristi Says:

    How funny – I live in Parker, CO and my husband just built an igloo in the backyard for our son. It's still snowing here and we've had two no-school days in a row which has thrilled the kids. I love snow days!

  13. Suzanne Casamento Says:

    I used to love waking up as a teenager, peeking through the blinds, seeing snow, shutting off the alarm and going back to sleep.

    Now I only get snowdays when I visit family in Vermont at Christmas. Whie there I get to enjoy puzzles by the fire, hot soups and bonfires in the snow.

    But there's nothing like coming home to California sunshine. ; )

  14. Jenny Says:

    Having a real day off with nowhere to go and nothing to do (except homework, of course). There really is something to be said for a lazy day of reading and hot cocoa!