Working from home has so many advantages and I am so fortunate for the opportunity to do so. It gives me a lot of freedom to attend my kid’s school activities and sporting events. I can take a little time during the day to take my daughter to the orthodontist and make up the time later.
However, when my kid’s school gets cancelled due to the weather it is no party here. I usually wake up at my normal time and go about my routine. I get the kids up and ready for school. Some days I even drive them to school only to find out it was cancelled, but usually what happens is my daughter will get a text from her friend that there is no school. So, I being the ever trusting mother, look through my email or on the website and sure as shit, it’s closed. Damn it! Not another effing snow day!
Why didn’t I get notified you ask? Well, I did, but I am just to preoccupied with my robot, zombie morning routine to check my voicemails or emails. They usually call the house phone which is all the way across the house from me at night and I never hear it. I mean who is going to hear a phone ringing at 5:30 in the morning. They send me an email and it is also posted on the website. Common sense would be to look outside and if the weather is crappy, the kids will likely not have school. Well, you would be wrong! We live in the middle of the woods and a lot of times school gets closed when it’s not even snowing. Yes, that’s right! One day my son’s bus just didn’t come down our road. The driver felt it was too icy, so just decided to skip all the stops down this way.
So, now my kids are awake, cranky and pissed off that I woke them up on a snow day. Yay, what a fun day we are going to have. I go about my business, get my coffee and sit down at my desk to get my work done. The first few hours are pretty quiet, sometimes they go back to sleep or lay down and watch some movies.
Then we get the call from the school reminding us to complete the blizzard bags. For those of you who don’t have these, I would highly recommend advocating for your school to implement them. My son is in 8th grade, but they do it for the entire school. If 80% of the students complete the work in the blizzard bag, then it is counted as a regular school day and not as a snow day. Our community is pretty good and we always get the credit.
Even though the blizzard bags are a fabulous idea, it is still a pain in the arse for me. I have to remind him to complete the damn bag about 150 times. Usually he is too lazy to read the directions and brings it in to my office and says. “I don’t understand what I am supposed to do”. Seriously?? Read the damn directions kid!
He will speed through the work and it will be complete crap. So, I have to review the work and make sure he corrects his mistakes and followed the directions. Which doesn’t make any sense to me because he is a great student and his grades are good. Why does he do this at home? Well, because he is too busy playing on his stupid video game system.
I can’t be alone in my hatred of snow days. I know there are a lot of fellow parents out there that feel my pain. Do you like snow days?