Monday, February 3, 2014


I've got a bunch of tests and stuff to do Monday and a full day of work Saturday and Sunday. Rather than wrap my (already stressed out) brain around something new I decided to re-run an article I wrote back in 2009. That was a year of lots of snow, too. My son is now 3 weeks shy of 19 and my Gidget is 5 but the subject is as appropriate this year as it was in 2009. Hope you enjoy it. I'll be around Wednesday with IWSG.

When I was a kid, snow days were the thing to look forward to.  A time for laugher and fun.  No school, snowball fights, snow forts, and using the shovels—after we had shoveled the driveway—and making snow paths in the yard.  We used these as trenches in our warfare games.  The not so fun part of snow days was my mom and her list of chores.  I now know this was self-defense on her part.  It was a way keep six rambunctious kids occupied.  Needless to say, we didn’t often whine, “I’m bored and I’ve got nothing to do.”  Lord, big mistake and The List came out.

Snow days at my house are a bit different.  First, I don’t have six kids, thank God, to keep occupied.  Back then we stayed outside or found adventures of “lets pretend that…” in our bedroom or the third story attic.  I have one child. A game of Uno only goes so far.  Snowboarding outside takes up a few hours, if I’m lucky.  Snowball fights still happen but it’s the kid and me. He has TV, movies, 360 Xbox, paper and art supplies, and shelf full of books.  I have a computer and projects to get done.  Articles to write, books to finish, books to edit.  Did I mention editing? 

This is a normal workweek for me. I’m trying to keep to my schedule. Four days of no school and a husband who can’t get to work either. It’s vacation time for them.  I’m in a groove and I have, not one but two, housebound males wandering around bored.  I am not bored.  I have plenty to do.  I get up from the computer for a short fifteen-minute break and stretch out my tight muscles, go to the bathroom and get a cup a coffee. My mind is on what I’m writing, working out the kinks mentally, and walk back into my office and there’s my husband checking out Fox Sports.  We do have a working TV.

“Oh, I thought you were done?” 

I’m dumbfounded.  You can tell, dropped jaw, wide eyes, standing frozen in the doorway. 

He can tell.  “You’re not done?”

“Sweetheart, what part of five open tabs on the computer monitor makes you think I’m done?”  I always try for the sweet, reasonable approach first. 

So I decide to take out the dog, clear my head in the cold outside air and rid myself of frustration.  It’s beautiful outside.  The type of day that brings back echoes of laughing kids, snowball fights and snow forts.  I feel a pull on the leash and bring my mind back to today just in time to see my poor Great Dane trying to do her business and ever so slowly slide down the incline.  This is her first winter and she’s still learning her way on this white stuff. The look on her face is priceless and I can’t help but laugh. It feels good.  I’m feeling better, which is a good thing.

I walk back into the house; breathe a sigh of relief when I see my husband watching TV.  I walk into my office.  And there is my fourteen-year-old son.  At my computer.

            “Oh, I thought you were done?”

Oh, yeah, it’s gonna be a long week.  Sigh.



Natalie Aguirre said...

Luckily my daughter has studying and homework to keep her busy those days. But there's still lots to do for her and my husband and never enough time for me on snow days. And unfortunately many of them I still have to go to work.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

How timely this post is for me, as we have a snow day today and I am off work!! It's fate!!

Jo said...

Funny picture with the dog. My dogs loved snow. Sounds like you need more computers.

Sia, I've been meaning to mention, the Sia over Coffee on the left side cuts into the text of what you have written.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

What, you're not their personal entertainment? Come on!

Karen Walker said...

I remember snow days from when I was growing up in NYC. Now I live in New Mexico and even if it does snow in Albuquerque, it doesn't stay on the ground very long.

Crystal Collier said...

LOL! See, this is when being married to a techie comes in handy. We have 3 working computers and three portable devices to choose from for the 5 of us. Of course, that may be partly because we home school and every person needs access to an internet enabled device for a good portion of the day. But my dual screens? Yeah, that's all because of the techie.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Fortunately I am the only person who uses my computer. Good luck!

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Weekend-Windup said...

Nice to hear about your celebration about snow day...