Let’s talk about snow days, and by that I mean snow days off from school. That is what’s on my mind as the ground is covered in snow here. My kids were out of school on Monday and had two-hour delays Tuesday and Wednesday. Today is the first day back to normal. I would say that there has been sort of an evolution of my feelings about snow days. When I was a kid, I was jealous of other kids who got snow days. I am from the South and there was no such thing as snow days there. It was like a distant dream to have a snow day. Then when I became an adult and moved farther north, I loved snow days. As a teacher, you long for them just as much as the kids do. Teaching is exhausting and you are always behind. It is a never-ending cycle of trying to catch up, so snow days were always a time to rest and a time to catch up on stuff that you were behind on. I loved it when the roads were ok to drive on and we were allowed to go in to the school if we wanted and do work. It was so amazing to work in a quite building with no one to disturb you. Now that I am no longer teaching, my feelings about snow days have shifted once again. I sort of have a love/hate relationship with snow days now. I love the snow. I love the cold weather. I think snow is beautiful. I love that my kids get some time off to just be a kid and be at home because that is so rare with their practice schedules. The thing is that I also hate how it messes up my daily schedule. I hate how my routine is disrupted when my kids are home. You all know that I like routines and schedules and when that gets messed up, it just throws me off. I get distracted and things don’t get done. I am so happy to be back on schedule today.
Now, the real thing I want to talk about in regards to snow days is how so many people get super upset about the school system’s decision to open or not open school or to delay or not delay school. It is crazy to me how many people go on a rant on social media about it all. I have seen it in every place I have lived. It’s like no matter what decision the schools make, there is a group that is unhappy and gets up in arms about it. If the school closes, there are those that are mad and think that it was a wasted day. In their opinion the road are “fine.” Well, guess what? I bet you that they haven’t driven to every single corner of the city/county to really see that ALL roads are fine. I bet that they don’t know how many teachers drive from another city/county where the roads may be even worse. Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry? Then there are those that get mad that the school system didn’t close. They think they are putting the students’ lives at risk by opening. Let me tell you a secret. If you think that it is too dangerous for your child to go to school, you can keep them home. If you write a note to your child’s teacher explaining why they missed school, it will be excused. What is more important, the safety of your child or one day of school? Use common sense people!
I can assure you that the powers that be are not making decisions just to make your life miserable. I can promise you that they are trying to make the best decisions they can with the information that they have. Do they make mistakes? Sure they do! Weather is unpredictable. Even with the best information out there, the weather can change. Meteorologists can be wrong. The forecast is just a prediction. A prediction is just a guess. Yes, it is a guess based on scientific evidence but it is still just a guess. Would you want to be the one making the decision that affects the lives of thousands of people knowing that no matter what you do, someone will be upset about it? I sure wouldn’t want that responsibility. They are taking into account the conditions of all the roads, the conditions of the sidewalks and parking lots, the temperature, whether or not the buses will start, and so much more. A lot goes into the decision to cancel or not cancel school. They really do try to do what is best for everyone.
Let’s all try to make the world a better place. A great way to start is to stop complaining! Stop going on social media and expressing your distaste and disgust over things that are so insignificant like a snow day. What is the point? Do you really think that your rant is going to change the situation? I am certain that the powers that be in the school system do not look at what you write on social media, so don’t even throw your negativity out there. It just opens the door for everyone else to feed off of your distaste for the situation. Be kind. Be understanding. Be sympathetic. Let it go. You make the best decision for your family and your children’s safety. Ultimately, choose joy. Choose to be happy with whatever life throws you. Enjoy the day and whatever it brings.