SOLC 2019 Day 5: Are You Kidding Me?


March 2019 SOLC–Day 5
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I have intense feelings about snow days. Typically, I’m right there with the students considering how to juju them into existence! I obsessively watch the weather sites and e-mail updates to my colleagues. In class, we always do the “Snow Ball Greeting” at morning meeting on the day before a snow day is anticipated. I’ve written many poems about snow days, including a sonnet, and once I even wrote a whole blog post about

Today, I really am not hoping for a snow day, but once the call comes in, I am fully prepared to enjoy it. After I hang up (and double check on line to confirm the whole thing), there’s an immediate sense of relaxation, enhanced, no doubt, by the serene scene of snow falling outside my window.

I write a little… then a little more…

…watch the birds visit the feeders.

…laugh at the Squirrel Olympics.

…get another cup of coffee.

The minutes drift by gently, just like snowflakes, as I think idly about all the things I might want to do.

Most of them feature me remaining in my pajamas.

And then I get this e-mail:


What?! My jaw dropped. Is she insane? What kind of person would even suggest such a thing?

A few minutes later, after pulling myself back together, I managed to text back politely. “No, thank you.” With great effort, I restrained myself from using any words that required asterisks.

I’m not sure what this says about me, but now that I’m not going to school AND not going to the dentist, I’m enjoying my day even more.

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32 thoughts on “SOLC 2019 Day 5: Are You Kidding Me?

  1. jcareyreads says:

    I would have felt guilty and say yes. I love that you hung onto the day for yourself and replied “no thank you.”

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    • mbhmaine says:

      To me, there was no effort involved in saying, “No!” lol I had no desire to count on the snow ending as forecast, then dig out from about 6 inches and perhaps more importantly, get out of my PJs and shower! It would have changed the tone of the whole day… and not for the better! Of course, it helps that I don’t have to juggle my schedule around children anymore. Rescheduling isn’t a big deal to me, and losing a relaxing snow day is! 🙂

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  2. cmargocs says:

    Wise choice! You’d made the boundaries for yourself and kept them. It is below freezing here in central TX this morning; which we could call a “snow day” for that.

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  3. Veronica says:

    Idyllic.. so fortunate to see snow, we rarely get any, just wet muck. :/

    You’re helping me reflect how it is to carve that time out for ourselves — and our loved ones — because of our work and misc adult “obligations.”

    These past few years, I’ve made it a point to start putting my writing at the list of top 3 things I just gotta do.. like me getting my butt on the elliptical or hanging out with the hubby. I need it for me.

    Thank you for helping me match your resolve! Hope you have a wonderful snow day!


  4. Good for you- I would have felt guilted into going to the appointment. I hope you enjoyed your bonus day off! While I do not miss snow, I do miss snow days.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      There’s definitely something magical about snow days! I’ve been surprised by how many people tell me they would have gone to the appointment. It was such a “no brainer” decision for me. Now I’m starting to feel like a slacker! lol


  5. 😂 People. This is a great story. I’m so glad you relished your day!

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  6. Catherine Nash says:

    Absolutely a double win. Those times that you feel like you etch a little time back for yourself are THE BEST…and so far between. If only it snowed here…


  7. Patty McLaughlin says:

    Good for you staying home!

    Sent from my iPad


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  8. Lisa Keeler says:

    I love this and laughed outloud when I got to the text. Your title had me waiting for the punchline from the first words I read. And I too was settling into the peace and calm of your day when boom- there was that text. Glad you said no. Great piece. It felt so good as a reader to be right there with you in this scene.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Lisa! I was pretty horrified by the text and the idea that I’d head out on a snow day…and to the dentist! I think my husband might have thought I was overreacting. lol


  9. Vickiela says:

    Snow days are exactly what they are…days to stay snowed in. 🙂
    Good for you! Enjoy the day and ALL that it has to offer.

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  10. Trina Haase says:

    I’m with you! No dentist on a snow day! Great choice!

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  11. margaretsmn says:

    You crack me up!

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  12. terierrol says:

    Good for you – enjoy the day off! I loved how you were describing your serene scene before the rude interruption.

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  13. khays41 says:

    Good for you! I wouldn’t have gone, either. They are snow days for a reason–stay home!

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  14. kd0602 says:

    I’ve never experienced a snow day…and you make it sound so magical! And I agree–never agree to go to the dentist on a day when “the minutes drift by, just like snowflakes…”

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  15. Only an insane person would suggest this. So glad you declined and enjoyed your day. I am in SoCal and I wish we could get a snow day once in a while!!!!

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  16. I love that “being efficient” does not rule your day, especially a gift from the heavens of a snow day! You go to the dentist every six months anyway, don’t you?

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