Friday, 24 January 2014

My First Snow Day EVER

Weather in central Texas is an enigma.  Which is awesome because how many times do you get a chance to use the word "enigma"?  But we ARE going to discuss the weather because it's been bizarre and puzzling and difficult to understand…which is the exact definition of an enigma, so there you go.

See, on Thursday, it was chilly when I arrived to school at 6:30 a.m..  Then it became pretty brisk by 9:30, evolving to bitingly cold by lunchtime.  At 4:00 p.m. as I was waving good-bye to my last student, it was decidedly arctic.  I was going to stay awhile to clean up my classroom, but the roads were starting to ice up, so I abandoned ship.  It was SNOWING by dinnertime.  It was still snowing when I went to bed with the liberating news that school would be delayed two hours on the morrow.  

We woke to find we had ourselves a bona fide Snow Day, giving us an unintended three day weekend! You Northerners don't understand the phenomena that is snow when you live in TEXAS where  a cold snap means temperatures will be under 50 degrees.

The kids were up and we giddily high fived each other and whooped as we read the text message that freed us from all responsible behavior for the rest of the day. Granted, it was just a dusting of the magical white crystals, but the kids got dressed and romped around in it, making snow/dirt angels and a legit-looking snow-dwarf. They would warm themselves occasionally in front of the fire pit where flames crackled smartly.  Then, using all the snow they could find in the yard, they made a snowball two feet in diameter and parked it by the back door. They played video games for too long.  They made a batch of chocolate chip cookies and then ate them all.  Yeah, it was the perfect day…  
Tomorrow the temperatures will be in the mid 60's.  Sunday will be a sunny 71 degrees.  I love our winters!

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