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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