- Wake up before alarm goes off (and anyone else). Never mind that every other day of the year you have to drag yourself out of bed. A snowstorm was forecasted last night!
- Peek out dark bedroom window and try to determine from the neighbor’s backyard bushes exactly how much snow fell.
- Next, scurry down the hall in my fleece PJs, possibly gathering sister along the way, to sit down on the carpet, cross legged in front of the family room TV.
- Turn on the local news. Good sign- the scrolling banners with “School Closures” are along the bottom of the screen.
- Argh, they are only at schools that start with “B”. Ours starts with “N”. Sit and wait…. wait…. wishing and hoping…. please list our school…. please list our school….
- Ooh, we’re on the M’s…. getting closer….looking promising….lots of the other districts are closed…
- Then, YES! YES! There it is!! That’s our school! School’s closed!!!
- Proceed to feel absolutely ELATED for the next few minutes, because an unexpected day off of school feels like winning the freaking lottery.
- Then, claim “I’m going back to bed!” But you’re 7, so, yeah right. You’re not going back to sleep. Lie in bed awake for a few minutes with excitement rushing through your veins until you just get up and do…. what? Good question. Whatever we did in 1990. Probably make a hot chocolate with copious amounts of mini marshmallows on top and turn on some good old-fashioned cartoons, on a Tuesday morning, thank you very much.
- Once it’s light out, bundle up and spend a big chunk of the day playing in the snow! Snowmen. Forts. Snowball fights. Make “paths” through the snow. You’re outside for most of the day. Any other time is spent blissfully rotating between playing, eating 1990’s snacks, then something like Spagehtti O’s for lunch, and probably watching some more cartoons. What a perfect day.
- Your mom is already up an hour before you wake up because she’s a weirdo.
- Your mom gets an email at 6 a.m. on her phone from the school titled “No School Today”.
- As you wake up, your mom says, “School’s off, got an email from school.”
- (fist pump/ “yes!” from 14 year old.)
- Can’t look at the scrolling banner on the TV to confirm, because the satellite dish is currently covered with snow and we don’t have a signal at the moment. Someone needs to take a broom out on the deck and brush the snow off the dish so the TV will work again. But no rush, because Netflix isn’t linked to the satellite anyway. lol.
- Next, settle in to watch some sort of show or more likely, video game in a little while once all your friends are up and logged on.
- Playing in the snow is still a common event in the 2020’s in Wisconsin. Thankfully that hasn’t lost its allure. Although, there is certainly a difference in how much “snow play” happens at age 7 vs 14, that is for sure.
They will never know that feeling of having to wait to watch the scrolling banner, going crazy with anticipation! Between email, Facebook posts, and possibly friends messaging them, the scrolling banner sadly just does not have the same significance anymore.
It still exists though! I kinda love that at least that hasn’t changed in over 30 years. 🙂 It’s always still there, on the bottom of the local news.
I am grateful that the boys get a snow day today, because even though the finding out part isn’t quite the same anymore, the excitement is still real. 🙂 Also, grateful it snowed overnight this time so Ivan is here and can deal with clearing the snow from the driveway instead of me. lol.