“You better get writing your blog post,” Nellie texted.
Joanie was next. “Another day off!?”
Alissa chimed in. “A snow day for you! I have faith in my district this time too!”
After the fated phone call, in which the unidentified voice that I would now recognize anywhere called and said, “Hello colleagues,” I did my Snow Day Dance as Little L and Axel looked on. And then I dialed Thom.
He answered (This may seem like a small thing, but he has a toddler and an infant and it was 6PM. Him answering was even more unlikely than a sixth snow day).
“I deserved this one,” he said. And he did.
“Not that it’s going to be relaxing,” he added.
“Yeah, snow days with little kids aren’t exactly like the snow days of the past.” I remember lounging around, reading, going for a walk in the snow, watching some daytime TV…
“I’m going to be watching both of the kids,” Thom said. His toddler’s day care would be open, but because of the snow, he wouldn’t want to drive him there.
What about the baby?
“My mother-in-law was going to watch him tomorrow,” he said. “But I think this means she gets the day off from driving over here in the snow.”
And same for my mom. She has our cold now, so I’m glad for her that she gets a Sick Day/Snow Day.
At bedtime, I heard Axel telling Little L what she had to look forward to tomorrow. “Tomorrow Mama is going to be home with you! We’re so happy for her, because she got a snow day! Of course, she didn’t really get the day off, because it’s going to be a Mama-Little L-Daddy day.”
“Hey since you’re working from home tomorrow, maybe you could give me like an hour? Not a Snow Day, but a Snow Hour?”
“I could do that he said.”
Then he turned to Little L. “We’re going to give Mama a Snow Fifteen Minutes tomorrow!”
Tomorrow will be snowy with a high of 29 degrees. Above zero!
Finally, a Snow Day that is reminiscent of the snowy days I see in the books Little L pages through like Amy Loves the Snow and A Very Special Snowflake. I think it’s time someone writes the soon-to-be-famous A Very Cabin Fever Polar Vortex series.
But tomorrow there will be snow we can go out in.
Sure, I would love a day to lounge around and kick the last sinus aches of last week’s cold. It would be great to sleep in until 8. Or 7. But this is an unexpected day off. I can deal with one child; I would normally be teaching 150 over the course of the day. Hopefully Thom can deal with two.
I will be looking forward to taking Little L out in the snow. And to my Snow Fifteen-to-Sixty Minutes courtesy of Axel.
And of course, as always, I’ll be looking forward to nap time.
Thank you, Minnesota winter. And sorry to all the parents and families out there who are inconvenienced by this – I know there is a flip side.
Axel says it’s time to watch Bob’s Burgers and celebrate.
Let the snow begin.