Snow days were always so much fun when I was little.
I remember the glee that would come with a massive snowstorm
when I lived in rural Ohio as a child.
Not having to worry about driving in it or getting to the
grocery store to stock up.
Just enjoying the extra day of no school with a possibility of
playing in the beautiful newly fallen snow.
Snow days were special.
After you have children, snow days mean something entirely
Depending on what stage of life you are in, snow days can mean
scrambling to find a sitter or running to the grocery store at
11:30 at night to prepare for the next day's feeding frenzy.
Wait, does that only happen at my house?
And occasionally, like when a snow day had accompanied a long
weekend stuck inside, you would hear a small grumble coming from my
That is until I learned to appreciate a good old-fashioned snow
Or what I now refer to as a "Bonus Day."
Because I never want my children to hear a grumble come from
either my husband or myself in response to getting an extra day
Recently we had two extra days given to us because of subzero
temperatures that were thrown at us by Mother Nature.
Or "Mutha Nature."
Her new nickname.
Because this winter is KICKING MY BUTT, ALREADY.
- That I have an extra unscheduled day with my kids.
With my 5-year-old, it is an extra day to stay in jammies until
noon, read books on the dining room table (yes, I said ON) and make
brownies at 3 in the afternoon.
For my 13-year-old, it is an extra day to have one more
sleepover with a friend, to do hair and makeup for a tired mommy
who never does it for herself (never turn down a makeover from a
willing teenage girl) or one more day to make spicy popcorn for
lunch before getting braces. Sad face.
- That I don't need to worry about scheduling the sitter, day
care or re-work my own work schedule. I just show up to our bonus
day without stress and for that I am grateful.
- That snow ice cream is a "thing."
- When my kids say "I don't ever want to go back to school, Mom.
I just want to stay right here. Forever." Even the teenager.
Because that means they are loved, warm, happy and content.
- That snow days usually happen after Christmas. So there are
new toys to play with, new books to read and new clothes to try on
and have a fashion show.
- That we have heat, water and food in the fridge and
But all good things must come to an end.
Especially when your 5-year-old comes down in the morning and
says "Can we have brownies for breakfast??"
Time to go back to school ...
I hope you get a bonus day with your kids this winter.
And get to eat snow ice cream.
Because that is some good stuff.
Kari Wagner is stay-at-home mom by day, superhero by night. She loves to write about her adventures in life, love and decorating.
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