I think it’s safe to say that most of us in the Northeast and many other parts of the country have thoroughly had it up to here with the snow. Yesterday school was closed for all New York City public school students and most private school students. It was with a less-than-enthusiastic glee that parents and kids woke up this morning to head off to school. The commute bordered on dangerous since most streets were covered in ice, tree limbs were collapsing under the weight of the snow, and snow and ice were falling from the roof of many buildings. Who would think that we’d need to have a roof rake on hand in New York City?
Roof rakes are selling like hotcakes in the Northeast. I have never owned a roof rake but I think it’s something we might look into. It wasn’t until our next door neighbor’s shed caved in that I even looked out from our second story and noticed the immense wall of snow built up on our own shed. I usually love the snow and was as eager as the kids to get the first good snowstorm of the season, but this year’s seemingly non-stop storms have changed my mind.
For us, this morning’s commute was no picnic. For starters, my alarm didn’t go off, and I’m still trying to figure out why. I usually never need the alarm and get up at the same time everyday, but with my youngest son sick with strep throat, his sleep has been off, which means mine has too. I also took a decongestant last night. Anyone who knows me knows that I rarely take medicine so even children’s products can knock me out, and apparently this one did.
It might have been a sign….
Traveling is still terrible. Even the streets that have been plowed are covered in ice sheets, which makes walking incredibly difficult and slow. Our school’s principal did let the kids dress down today, so they didn’t have to wear their school uniforms, which was a comfort, but some think an additional snow day might have been a better gift. Many of my friends gave their kids a self-imposed snow day since the traveling was still so treacherous.
The problem is that we can’t keep closing schools for snow days. That will only force schools to tack on extra days in June, and with some parents already having vacations booked, it just won’t work. Teachers also say that kids are not in the mindset to learn much during the last few days of school.
Are you for more snow days, or would you rather kids make-up the extra days in June?