Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to the editor
Snow day bliss

February 09, 2011

With December 25th gone, it is a gift in the midst of winter, capturing as much anticipation as the day before your birthday. It is a quintessential part of any school-age child’s experiences in life; the amazing, the wonderful, the snow day.

There is the initial anticipation. Will we get the day off? How long do we need to wait before school is called off for another day? Will we get even one day? If I finish my math homework would you please just call off school?

All of which are questions that any snow day hopeful asks. All of the begging, pleading, wishing, hoping, dreaming snow day-inducing traditions, it is part of the anticipated bliss that goes with a snow day.

With these questions come the snow day-bringing rituals. Sleep with a spoon under your pillow. Flush ice cubes down the toilet, one ice cube equals one inch of snow (just imagine the influx of ice cubes that hit the sewer system on February 1.) Wear your pajamas inside out. Do the snow dance, followed shortly by the blowing and drifting dance. Then, after days and hours of wishing, hoping, and waiting, it comes.

The school-is-cancelled phone call. Kids across Michigan, and Lake Orion, were fortunate enough to get not one but two of these miracle calls recently.

Imagine the glee. Snow dances give way to we-got-a-snow-day dances and whoops. The staying up late commences, followed the next morning by sleeping in.

Countless mugs of hot chocolate are consumed. Movies are watched, television shows are caught up on, and sleds are revived from the farthest cobwebs of the garage. Snow is shoveled, houses are cleaned, and articles are written (or perhaps that remains with the members of The Lake Orion Review or even just me.) All of this is part of the magic and joy of a snow day.

Ah, the snow day. School experiences amount to considerably less without the joy and wonder of a free-for-all day, in the middle of the week, where homework, textbooks and lectures are replaced by pizza, magazines, and me-time.

After all, hours of time honored antics are well worth the prize of spending the day on a snow bank, in a snow bank, digging through a snow bank, building a fort out of a snow bank, falling into a snow bank, falling off of a snow bank, or any noteworthy proximity to a snow bank.

So, lovers of snow banks, hot chocolate and sledding rejoice. As the sounds of friends and family ring, spread the word far and wide: this week, we celebrated our snow days.

Olivia Schumaker is a sophomore at Lake Orion High School.