Remember that call you’d get from school letting you know it was a snow day (and school was cancelled)? What’s your favorite snow day memory?
Sleeping late...having breakfast at lunchtime...enjoying a daytime tv show... making a snowman and having a snowball fight, helping to shovel the snow, and finally finishing the book I've been reading.
Jan 11, 2011 8:31 pm
It was during the Blizzard of '78 in the Northeastern United States. It was a terrible storm that destroyed homes along the coast, stranded people without heat or electricity and killed dozens. The Red Cross and the National Guard were called out to get people to heated shelter, deliver food and water, prevent looting of empty homes, and provide medical care.
But I was too young to know all that. All I knew was that school was canceled for an entire month!
I used blocks of snow to build a wall; then inspiration struck. I would build an igloo. I got the walls high enough to start curving in, but I couldn't get the roof on. I was about to give up, when a patrol of Guardsmen came by. Right away they could see what I wanted to do. While I'm sure they had more important things to worry about, they stopped to help me put the top on my igloo.
I'll never forget that!
Jan 11, 2011 11:46 pm
An ice storm in Memphis. Electricity gone! Huddling my two children into the den with the fireplace and coming up with creative ways to stay warm and cook things in the fire. Finding non-electric entertainments, feeling the excitement of wondering what was going to happen. Listening to ice cracking with loud pops as it fell. Cut off from the busy world, we found our ingenuity and resilience came in handy. But there was a time limit on the utopia. After a week we were ready to kill each other.
Jan 17, 2011 12:30 pm
Sleding down the hill with all the neighbor children, and building snowmen. Of course sleeping in too, and having hot chocolate.
Jun 6, 2011 6:54 pm