I’ve been thinking about snow days a lot recently. Of course, we have all had plenty of time to think about them because we have had so many of them.
Through the magic of Facebook, I am blessed to have a good number of “friends.” Some are more familiar to me than others and, together, they comprise a unique social group, with diverse backgrounds, experiences, opinions, interests and perspectives. This is easily seen in the thoughts and photos they share. So understandably, my FB friends have different reactions to our extreme winter and the impact it has had on their schedules, their lives and the school calendar for their children.
From recent posts and shared photos, I have a pretty good idea of which of my FB friends love the cold winter weather, can explain the aerodynamics of sledding, appreciate the art and engineering of building snow people and consider the unexpected time off to be Mother Nature’s gift to be used for rest, relaxation and an extra pot of coffee. I also could make a list of those friends who are simply “over it all” and barely hanging on for spring.
Among my friends there is one group that has been mostly silent, in some cases because they don’t want to be a “Debbie Downer” to those who love the snow and in other cases because they don’t want to call attention to their different perspective. It is for this group that I wish to speak, sharing the challenges of frequent snow days and their impact. Consider the following:
So, when I post that I am “done with the snow and ice,” it isn’t just because I long to wear my sassy heels instead of snow boots. I want our families to get back to the normalcy of work, school and regular meals. I want our children to get back to learning, socializing with their friends and starting each day with a hearty breakfast followed by a hot lunch.
More snow is predicted in the coming weeks. If you are of the mind to, please enjoy all of the things you love about extra time off, sledding and playing in the snow. But please do so knowing that socioeconomics impact the snow-day experience. At Family Scholar House, our families are working diligently to break the cycle of poverty through education. On snow days, they are just hanging on.