Thursday, February 24, 2011

Surprise Snow Day!

It’s snowing!  When I woke up just before 5 am, I could see a bit more lightness in the room, and quickly hopped out of bed to check the backyard.  It was transformed into a fairyland, with the old lilac tree glistening white and the deck covered in a couple inches of snow.  As I write, with curtains open and a fire burning, I watch snow lightly falling in the glow of the street light. One car has driven by, slowly, with no apparent distress.  My husband sits in the other room, watching the news and reading the paper, repeatedly calling his work number, hoping for a snow day, too.

It promises to be a perfect snow day, with light snow predicted throughout the day.  I’m thrilled for my students, as they have desperately wanted this to happen, especially as it was snowing when they left yesterday, then stopped within a few minutes.  What a tease! All kids and the young at heart appreciate a bonus day; the opportunity to build snowmen and snow angels, and maybe not think too hard about school and work.

I am giddy with the thought that I have an entire day stretching ahead of me to putter around the house, maybe finish a quilt top I’ve put away due to “no time”, or the final touches on a dress I’m making.  Even the thought of working on taxes doesn’t seem daunting, on a day that is “extra” and gently unfurling before me, though I’ll probably save those for the weekend!

My husband has left to attempt the drive to work . . . no snow day for him . . . yet.  As his employer usually errs on the side of safety, should the snow keep up, I wouldn’t be surprised if he returns earlier than usual this afternoon. 

So, without further lollygagging, I am anxious to get started on this gift day of time.  Sitting and watching the snow, and now the increased traffic on the road, is ok for a time, but my body wants to move, to be productive in ways that are fun for me, and I am looking forward to a thrilling day spent with myself, enjoying activities I love.

Hurrah for this late February Snow Day!

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