Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Unexpected Snow Day

When I was a public school teacher, before having my own children, I was always put off by the parents who hated snow days; the parents who looked forward to the end of summer or Christmas break so the kids could go back to school. I could not believe how unappreciative they were of the time they had with their children.

Now - 8 years later - I'm one of those parents!

When my phone rang at 6 am this morning, I was expecting to hear "delay," not "CLOSED." My first thought was probably something like "You've got to be kidding me! What will I do with them all day?!?!" My second thought was probably something like "Well, maybe I can at least get some cleaning done."

Now, as I sit here typing and listening to my three girls playing and laughing together in the next room, I am trying to change my point of view. Admittedly, there has already been some yelling today (mine and theirs) and I am sure there will be some more. However, today is a gift - I get some time to spend with my precious girls that I would not have normally had. I get to experience their laughter and their smiles; I get to hold their hand; I get to snuggle on the couch and watch Sesame Street; I get to help them turn their bunk beds into a castle. How can anyone be annoyed by that???

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