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The Thrill of a Snow Day

Updated on May 6, 2012

The Tease

The forecast says there's a storm a brewin',

a winter storm watch is in effect.

I've heard this before, though not to be ignored,

I find it hard to believe what's being said.

They say 8-12 inches, that really means 2-4,

I've been through this so many times before.

Still two days away,

you know what they say,

anything can happen between now and then.

The Possibility

Home from school and wondering what's the news

on that storm they have been calling for.

Ten to sixteen inches, could it be true?

Maybe a snow day is in store.

Trying to stifle the excitement,

I feel a slight flutter

of a butterfly deep in my belly.

I peek out the window as the sun starts to set,

ahh, no snow on the horizon yet.

As I head to my room, the ritual begins,

being careful with each of my steps.

The jammies are on, inside out of course,

under my pillow, a spoon is safely tucked.

The phone is on, right beside my bed,

now off to rest my sleepy head.

I check the weather just one last time.

The winter storm warning is up,

but alas will it be enough?

I wonder with a heavy sigh.

We'll soon see

what the next morning will bring.


The Realization

My eyes pop open.

It's just 4 am

too soon to know if there's no school.

I just have to take

one quick peak...

Yes! The snow has arrived!

Just an hour goes by

and the phone starts to ring.

The call I've waited for all night.

Yippee! Yea!

No school today!

Now how should I start my day?

There is so much to do.

Snowmen to build,

Sleds to ride, but what about school?

I guess my students will have to

wait for that test!

First on the list?

Go back to bed!



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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      It actually takes quite a bit for us to have school canceled as well but they are great when they happen. I can understand your reason for keeping them home. Safety is definitely a priority. Stay warm!

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I'm not too far from you, on the other side of Lake Michigan in Illinois, so I know what you mean about January and February. But it takes a lot for our schools to call a snow day. On days when my kids were younger and I thought conditions were dangerous but the school didn't, I called my own "mom snow days." My kids loved it and invariably the schools would let out early anyway.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Ktrapp. Trust me teachers often are MORE excited about snow days than kids. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. We are anxiously awaiting our snow day season here in Michigan. They usually hit us most in January and February. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      I really enjoyed your poem. It brought back so many fond memories of anticipating snow days where I grew up in CT. But, I really loved the twist at the end as I was expecting that it was the kid excited about the snow day, not a teacher. I never thought about it that way, but teachers probably look forward to snow days as much, if not more than the kids!

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      cardelean 7 years ago from Michigan

      Yes, we know those days well here and they are just as exciting for us teachers! Thanks for commenting.

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      mannyrolando 7 years ago

      I live in Florida now, so no snow days for me anymore, but I do remember those days and that feeling of anticipation as a kid! Thanks for bringing back those memories!

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      cardelean 7 years ago from Michigan

      Libra, you guys got the snow we wanted! All of us here were hoping for two snow days based on the predictions but only ended up with one, stay warm and safe!

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      Libra Rajani 7 years ago from USA

      Nice hub. I can relate. However, I live in Chicago. We did receive 20 inches of the beautiful stuff. What can you say? We are snowed in. If you can't beat 'em...

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      cardelean 7 years ago from Michigan

      Genna, I'm sure you can! Probably much more than I can actually. Thanks for reading.

      Kids Corner, you stay warm too! You got more than us. They were predicting 10-15 inches but we only got about 6. I was very disappointed because I was looking forward to being "snowed in." Oh well, maybe we'll get another one. Enjoy the snow.

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      Kids Corner 7 years ago from Midwest

      We just received 10 inches of snow this morning. Perfect timing! I am heading out the door getting ready to shovel the mounds of snow. Keep warm.. Great Photos.

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      Genna East 7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA in New England, I can relate all too well! I like how you have interwoven the photos. Very nice.

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      Denise Handlon 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Oh, Cara--this was a great story poem of a teacher who has a kids delight in a SNOW DAY! I was especially intrigued by your rituals! LOL thanks for exposing me in such a 'flattering' photo of me, LOL No wonder you wanted to make sure I knew about it and would read it. But, I sure had fun that day with the kids. Great pix. I loved it, and I posted it on FB

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      cardelean 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks, school is canceled for tomorrow already. Nothing is happening yet but it wasn't supposed to start until after 7.

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      Danette Watt 7 years ago from Illinois

      Cute hub! Stay warm and dry - heard it's coming your way more than what we'll get. Sam already has about a foot where he is.