I lived for snow days.
Most (if not all) grade-school students live for snow days.
Back when my mom started home-schooling me in sixth grade, she let my brother and I take the day off whenever our local school district announced a closing.
Of course, that meant an extra day at the end of the home-school year, but we didn’t mind. It can’t get much worse for a home-schooler than sitting in your room working on math problems while your neighborhood friends are outside building snow forts, tossing snowballs and sledding down the hill.
Speaking of math and hills, there’s a geometrical phenomenon associated with all sledding hills: they are steeper from the top looking down than from the bottom looking up. Especially when you’re sitting on a sled, summoning the courage to push off. I should know. I spent hours trudging up and flying down our neighborhood hill. That was the best part about snow days for me as a child.
Another phenomenon: trudging, even up a slippery hill, is less laborious on a snow day.
While snowed in on Sunday morning, I thought of those days and all the fun the kids in my neighborhood used to have. Curious about other people’s snow day traditions, I took to Facebook to ask my friends about theirs.
Brittney Cunningham, a childhood neighbor friend who is now a preschool teacher, reminisced about the sledding hill.
“As an adult, I like to watch the snow fall from inside of the house,” she added. “I love snow days from preschool and usually I catch up on housework and make something delicious for dinner like pot roast or crock pot meatballs. Bake cookies and take a nap.”
I also asked my friends about their favorite things to bake and cook on a snow day.
Nicole Fenton’s answer made me laugh out loud.
“French toast is our thing, because something has to be done with the eggs, bread and milk,” she said.
Other people mentioned hot chocolate (yes!), soup, chili, waffles, cookies, grilled cheese and ice cream (brrr!).
Jane Honchell said her favorite snow day activity is “looking at animal tracks - deer, vole, chickadee, raccoon, etc. - and imagining the stories they tell.”
That reminded me of another favorite of mine: watching the birds (and squirrels - ugh) at the bird feeders outside the kitchen window.
Sarah Buisch enjoys quilting.
Amy Slusser spends the day cooking and baking.
Kathryn Williams, a talented artist, likes to paint, draw and “read a good book.”
Sylinda Alfred and her daughter Kathryn Alfred both enjoy shoveling snow. (They’re welcome to come to my house.)
Becky Raymer said “dreaming of summer.” (I can relate.)
Donna Kolojeski crochets.
“My favorite activity in my childhood was anything outside,” wrote Gayle Lutz. “Favorite activity in adulthood is anything inside. I made a nice pot of vegetable beef soup, will put a fire in the fireplace and enjoy the snow, looking through my window.”
My Sunday snow day was spent watching my church’s online service (the church building was closed due to the weather), working on a couple craft projects, shoveling snow, watching “Monk” and writing this column. As I type, I realize it’s past time for dinner. So if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to dip into that abundance of bread, milk and eggs in the fridge and make some French toast.
Good idea, Nicole.
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