Or a cold day to be more exact – air temperatures hovering around -20 with windchill around -40. This is the fourth cold-weather school closing this month, and we’re preparing for a fifth tomorrow. This in a school district where we haven’t had a single snow day in the ten years I’ve had kids in school, even when we had to traverse knee-deep snow or two inches of solid ice to reach the bus stop.
I’m sorry, I can’t work right now because:
- I can’t hear over the three people in the next room arguing over the remote control.
- I’m still doing the breakfast dishes and it’s nearly time for the lunch dishes.
- I’m playing a 14th game of double Solitaire and we haven’t won one yet.
- I’m fruitlessly encouraging home study.
- I’m explaining for the 100th time that it’s too cold to drive anyone to the coffee shop/mall/bowling alley.
- I’m explaining for the 200th time why we won’t be inviting any friends over.
- My office is freezing cold and all the afghans are being used for the fort in the sunroom.
- There are so many people on the wireless we’ve brought it to its knees.
- I’m trying to sell fun family activities to an indifferent crowd.
- We’re drawing lots to see who goes down to the curb for the newspaper.
- I’m exercising my power by requiring everyone to clean out their closet.
- I’m confiscating all electronic devices – again.
- I’m trying to create dinner out of our remaining food – a can of tuna, a beer, half an acorn squash, and a lemon.
- I can’t get past the 4000 Legos in the hallway.
- We’re chipping the frost off the inside of the windows.
- I’m busy updating my calendar to reflect cancelled school-related events.
- I’m drawing up a list of possible activities with dreaded certainty that they will call off school again tomorrow.
- And finally..there isn’t enough coffee in the world to keep me going on a day like this.
I can’t help but think of the hardy souls who first populated this harsh country, huddling all day around a smoky fire, fingers stiff with cold, conserving their meager rations to keep the family fed through the winter. Makes us seem pretty wimpy when we’re arguing about what to watch on Netflix. But I’ll be more sympathetic to that line of thinking once I get all these people out of my office.
How can I keep them busy today – and tomorrow? Any ideas?