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365 Letters to Myself

November 29th, Snow day...


What is the definition of a snow day in Minnesota…in today’s time? Growing up – we rarely received a snow day and if so, we were talking a foot plus of snow, on the ground. This morning, my granddaughter was getting dropped off at school, it was lightly snowing at the time, and her mom was advised that the district would be calling a snow day at 11:30…what?!


Now not to say it didn’t snow all day, and we probably have about 6 inches of the white stuff, but we live in Minnesota, it is winter, it snows. I can understand safety concerns, but you drive slow and defensively. Plows are quick to get out-sometimes you want to let them, meaning you don’t shut down early so they can do their clearing and salting work.


A snow day, at least as a kid, use to be an exciting unplanned ‘indulgence’. You felt like you were getting away with something…played in it, drank hot chocolate. It seems now it is something that is part of the school calendars, and it is expected x amount of them will happen. Kind of takes some of the fun out of them. And just what are working parents supposed to do when the job does not share in the criteria a ‘snow day’ is warranted?


I would like to hear more explanations around how we went from where we were for calling a snow day – to what justifies one today.


Hmmm, who's calling it…day 136!


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