Well the weatherman has said that dreaded 4 letter word, the grocery stores have been besieged, the gas stations have lines and children are flushing ice cubes and doing dances…It’s time for a snow day!
For the first of my school years, we lived in Louisville, Kentucky. We lived there during the winter of 78-79 when the Ohio river froze and there was feet of snow. Long before cell phones, robo calls and email messages…you watched the late news and hope to hear Paul Simon’s “Slip slidin’ away” because that meant a snow day…Many hopes were crushed reading over those cancellations…Jefferson County schools closed …YES! Catholic schools snow routes…still have hope! Portland open but girls may wear pants…Crap!!! While my neighbors got to sleep late and sled the big hill all day, I got to meet the bus at 6am with no heat and head to school in pants rather than my uniform skirt…the joys of private school!!!
Move ahead to 1981, we move to Cookeville. Our first winter here, we had snow days…what snow days what snow…a dusty to an inch but then there were bigger snows meaning no school for days. That’s all well and everyone is happy until you’re a senior counting the days to graduation…all the built in snow days are used up and the snow is still coming…graduation is moved from May to the first week of June…Ugh!!! I’m ready to graduate! Another drawback was I was working at a local bank and the bank did not close for snow so to work I went on my snow days…again no sleeping late or sledding.
Forward to TTU, early morning classes during winter quarter…word was get certain professors because they cancelled classes when it snows…Wrong! So you drive to campus or Dad drops you off for the day…you work your way across campus get in the class and wait and wait and wait…no professor no call no nothing…head back to the UC or sorority room to wait for that next class… four classes maybe 2 professors show up…remember we walked 6 miles up hill in the snow to get to class!
Fast forward to present day…school is cancelled the night before, TTU closes and most businesses close for the snow day…total accumulation 1-2 inches high by the weekend of 59degrees…got to love Tennessee weather. Enjoy your snow day…I am…answering emails, blogging and posting pictures of new listings while dinner to cooks in the crockpot and the wood stove is keeping the house warm and cozy.