My mom was a special education teacher. As a kid she had a alarm clock radio. I remember waking up to her radio. The rule was, we were not to get up until she pulled the bathroom shade open. Then she would turn on the radio in the kitchen. I still remember listening every morning for the obit page, the birthday page, and school closings and delays. I was so excited when my school district was announces. Then I was too excited to go back to sleep. I had to lay there until mom got up. There was something special and magical about that new fallen or falling snow that made the whole world seemed wonderful!
When I got older, the school staff wised up and organized a telephone tree for all the school staff members to alert them of a late start or school closing because a lot of them like bus drivers, etc were all ready up and on the road before it went on the radio. By that time mom had busted the magic and alerted me to the hard work the men folks did for us women when it snowed. She also informed me how they make sure car is always working.
As an adult, there was no delays or closings. There certainly wasn't any men folk cleaning off my car or starting my car on cold mornings. I must admit these last 2 years have been the best. My neighbor not only cleans my drive way but clears off my car as well! I am grateful!
When I became a parent, I got the magazine Family Fun! It was stocked for of fun ideas. I wanted my son to have a fun, magical, etc childhood. One idea they had was to make a snow day box. It would be filled with new things your kids can do on a snow day. Paint for painting in the snow, a new book to cuddle up and read, a new movie on DVD to watch, etc. At that time, I had to get up early, turn on the TV and watch for my son's school district to be roll across the bottom of the screen. Then I had to go out and clean off and start my own car.
My snow box didn't go over real well. The school district had late starts but not many snow days. My son was trained at a early age by his grandparent's to help grandpa outdoors shovel and etc whenever we did have a snow day. He never got to enjoy the magic like I wanted him too.
In fact 7 years ago my mom said the other shoe is going to drop one of these days and we are going to have tons of snow. My son was friends with the administrators son. He told them each year the school builds in extra days for snow days so his dad had said even if there is a flake of snow or hit's 0, we are calling a snow day! Mom passed away shortly after that and I still laugh because the day of her visitation, it snowed 12 inches and we had to move everything back a day! The funeral home said that was only the 3rd time that has ever happened!
Things have changed a little bit in 7 years. When my son graduated, we were getting texted messages, phone calls, emails, every time school closed early, late start, or school was closed for that day. No more watching the TV or listening to the radio which they are still on. One kid got the call and my son know before we got the notice because it would spread fast through texting with friends. Yesterday I was in a local store and someone said the school policy has changed even a hint of snow now and they close.
As I walked out of the store I thought about the up coming snow storm and how kids already know they will have a snow day tomorrow rather today. I also thought about how many snow days the school district has had this year. I think they have had as many this year as my son had total the 15 years he attended school. He started Early Childhood when he was 3 due to speech issues that went away before Kindergarten! I thought about how I never got to open up our snow day box once and now that he is in college, their is all kinds of snow days. I really do miss having him home during these snowy cold days! I am sad he missed out of the magic of a snow day.
Thank you for taking a trip down memory lane with me!