Southern Toddlers Don't Get Snow DaysBeth Anne Ballance
Nope, we didn’t get to do this lovely scene on the left that served as yesterday’s Suggestion #8.
Harrison learned his first valuable lesson as a Southern gentleman – How to Deal With Southern Snow:
- freak out
- go to grocery store and buy eggs, bread, milk, and booze
- make brownies instead of dinner and stare at the sky
- do a happy jib when it starts falling
- refuse to fall asleep
- wake up the next morning to a piddly 0.8″ of ice mush
I’m glad we kept him up late so he could watch the snow because it really was beautiful falling. I went to bed at 11pm with the snow still coming down quickly, sure that we would wake up to a world of white, 3-5″ of pure winter bliss, and I’d be home with my boys for three glorious days.
Instead, I woke up to pretty much nothing as it had rained on top of the snow. The fluffy stuff was off the roads, replaced with dangerous ice patches. School was delayed two hours, along with Harrison’s daycare, but my office would be opening right on time. Oh, North Carolina. WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME EVERY WINTER?! More importantly, I’ve lived here for almost thirty years – why do I still fall for it?
Still, we took advantage of the longer morning – we made cinnamon rolls in the oven and laced up boots and crunched out onto our ice slush. Harry wanted to make a snowman but there just wasn’t enough frosty stuff and it was too hard from the ice to shape. So we headed back inside, put on school clothes, and he cried the entire commute that he wanted to stay home with me and the snow. It broke my momma heart, especially dropping him off at daycare, but that’s just a crappy lesson in being a North Carolinian: snow forecasts are the dasher of dreams and hopes.
But if you get snow, here’s some fun things you can do to keep your toddler from going hibernation-crazed.
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