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Snow Day


The Mankato Area Public Schools are closed today on account of snow.  You have to work in schools and live in the northern parts of the United States to understand the real meaning of "snow day."

  • It is God giving you an additional day of life.
  • It is looking out the window and seeing beauty in the snow and wind rather than work.
  • It is getting to that movie, that book, or that task that would have eaten up a weekend - guilt free.
  • It is digging out and fixing a favorite soup recipe that takes too long to make on most days.
  • It is not being jealous of your colleagues'  weather in the South - for at least one day.
  • It is remembering the delight of having a snow day when you were a kid.
  • And the best thing - it is not setting the alarm knowing tomorrow will be a snow day as well. 

Do I sound insufferably smug and happy? Good. I am. 


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Reader Comments (6)

I love this post! We moved to Colorado from Florida in July of 2005 and had our first snow day (and the first snow day for my district in 8 years!) during the "Holiday Blizzard of 2006."

I've had hurricane days before, but those consisted of sweating like crazy while putting up shutters, then praying like crazy you'll get your electricity back on before your perishables go bad and you have to start taking cold showers.

We really enjoyed some guilt-free family time.

-- Scott
March 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterScott Elias
It got below 40 degrees last night here in Southern California...I had to wear a jacket to work...
March 2, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKenn

SNOW DAY in Virginia! God must be giving me another day of life to work on the "Opening Day Collection" list of books.

I didn't dream that this process of setting up an elementary library media center could be so invigorating.


February 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMargo Jantzi

Hi Margo,

I think it is illegal to do actual work on a snow day. I can't say for sure, but I wouldn't take any chances.



February 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

Funny thing here in Virginia,

The Follett sales rep even made a house call on our SNOW DAY!

I hope I haven't broken any Librarian LAW of the LAND.


February 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMargo Jantzi

Hi Margo,

I think it is only a misdemeanor (and I am no snitch).

I do hope you found some time to relax, play and enjoy your snowday!

All the best,


February 23, 2008 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

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