The curmudgeonly voice of reason

6 Dec

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With temperatures forecast to dip into the low 30’s Sunday night, Oregonians became anxious and excited. Would there be a snow day? When snow falls, things shut down here in a way that makes my Canadian family shake their heads and chuckle, even as I explain how we lack the infrastructure to take care of snow.

And as soon as the first flake falls, kids start hoping for a snow day.

Monday’s snow didn’t start falling until after 9 a.m. Big white flakes were suddenly pouring out of the sky and you could hear the excitement ripple around the school. Before long, the trees outside my classroom were covered. As my first period students entered, they wanted to know if they’d be sent home. My reasoned explanation that to was safer to keep kids at school and dismiss them at the regular time was accepted, but did nothing to curb their enthusiasm.

As their excitement rose, I began to worry. I had a meeting after school that would go late and didn’t relish the idea of driving home, at night, in snow. I hoped fervently that it would melt before I had to drive.

When had I turned into this worried middle-aged curmudgeon?

We have cold, wet weather forecast for the next few days. I am going to work on my attitude and celebrate the snow, especially if I am at home.

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5 Responses to “The curmudgeonly voice of reason”

  1. arjeha December 6, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    Thanks for the smile. I find that the older I get the less I like the snow. I would be fine if it just snowed on the lawns and not roads and sidewalks. Oh well.

  2. linsey taylor December 6, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    I totally understand not wanting to drive in the snow since you’re not use to it! Us Texans aren’t use to cold weather period. Lol

  3. elsie December 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    There is something exciting about that first snow, but then I’m over it and ready for warmer temps. I hope the snow was melted by the time you left school. (We may have a few flakes on Wednesday, but I hope not.)

  4. teachworkoutlove December 6, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

    So u guys don’t have snow days either ?!

  5. Loralee December 7, 2016 at 1:08 am #

    Snow can definitely change a day! I love storms when everything is cancelled and everything slows down.

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