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Snow Day

Sometimes I think the three most magic words a parent can tell a kid are not "I love you," but "Snow day, honey." Those words sure put a smile on the face of my 15-year-old on Friday!

I remember the feeling. Growing up in the Boston suburbs, we had winter aplenty and when a snowstorm hit, I would sit by the radio and wait for them to name my town and say, "No school -- all schools -- all day." (This was usually after waiting through scores of other towns' names as well as educational institutions with monikers like "Rocking Horse Country Day School.")

But even on snowy mornings, time off wasn't always a done deal. For one thing, people in Massachusetts (unlike many folks here in PA) actually know how to drive in snow, and I recall matter-of-factly heading out to work on many mornings that would cause a Pennsylvanian to drop his car keys and dive under the covers.

For another, we had a superintendent who was notorious for making Needham go to school when every other town around had the day off. I got so used to this that there was one morning when I bundled up warm and started trudging up the icy hill near my house. I must have slid backwards downhill several times before a neighbor poked her nose out the door and called to me that school was off!

So it was with fingers crossed for my son that I listened to KYW for the weather reports, "traffic and transit" updates, and the school numbers. (It's more boring to listen through "301, 302, 303..." than it was to hear the town names.) It took the announcer a couple of go-rounds, but the payoff came!

I was able to tell my kid the three magic words.


In a 1990s New York Times story, a New Jersey school superintendent came up with a novel way of explaining his snow-day-decision procedure to first and second graders:

"I have a golden retriever," he said, "and I let him out in the yard. If he comes back in, we have a snow day."

Works for me! :-)

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Feb. 25th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
Aw, that is too cute! Happy Snow Day!

~ Huckdoll
Feb. 25th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
The Philly area is retarded. A snow flurry stops the kids from going to school. A wet leaf on 76 makes traffic bumper to bumper and a wet leaf on the Septa tracks grinds all the trains to a halt.


Feb. 29th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
Yep, that about covers it. And it's gonna snow again today -- oh, goody. :-(
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