Anatomy of a Snow Day
We’ve had several snow days around these parts this year. It has given me the opportunity to carefully study and dissect out what composes a snow day in our household.
Listed below are the individual parts that I have teased out. This study was done in a single household of 5 very energetic children. Your study may produce different results.
1. 2-3 bundling events. Before each venture outside, kids must be bundled into snow pants, gloves, hats, (scarves optional), winter coats and boots. They must be stuffed into clothes and clothes must be hermetically sealed. If not bundled and sealed appropriately, they will only venture outside for 5 minutes. Trust me – you want them to be outside for longer than that. You don’t want them coming back in before you even finish putting your stuff on. After they are
shoved lovingly entreated to go outside, you quickly grab and put on any winter garments that are left.
2. 20-30 pushes down the hill each time they venture outside.
3. 30 minutes trying to recreate the perfect snowman seen in the front yards throughout town.
4. 10 shouts of “don’t throw snow,” “stop pushing your brother into the snow,” “leave their snow man alone,” and the like. Because no matter how well they are playing together in the beginning, it will ultimately degrade into he did/she did/they did/I don’t want to play with them in the end.
5. 2-3 unbundling events. Kids must be unzipped, untied, unwound, unstuffed and shaken out of various winter accoutrements. No matter how many towels and rugs you lay down or how many times you ask them to stay on said towels/rugs, the unbundling area will look like a snowman was blown to smithereens with snow and ice littering all surfaces.
6. 10-15 mugs of Swiss Miss hot chocolate – some with marshmallow, some with whipped cream. Don’t miss up who gets what! The number of mugs depends on the number of ventures outside.
7. Hours of
trashing playing in the house. Forts will be built and destroyed, crayons will melt with coloring fury, playdoh will be mashed into every crevice, board games will be played with frenzy, “you sank my battleship” will ring throughout the rooms.
8. Re-enactment of Lord of the Flies. Like a mini isolated world, our island adrift in the snow will develop its own weird social structure. Fights will break out, alliances will be made and broken, a new world order will be declared. And eventually, clothing will be shed.
9. A movie will be played. There will be some groans and slight arguing over which movie to watch, but the children will be secretly happy to be rescued from the chaotic world they have spiraled into. Movie time resets the atmosphere and brings them back to modern reality. Mom will either a) try to write/edit pieces that were supposed to be completed that day or b) run around the house trying to restore order.
10. Bedtime. Parents heave a sigh of relief as they realize they have survived another snow day.