The school district website stated they wouldn't make a decision about canceling school until morning, so I didn't stay up late last night. I woke up about 4:35 am and checked the site and of course school was canceled. My husband also called around 4:45 to tell me he'd made it to work okay and the school district was closed.
I guess I understand why they waited so long. Yesterday was not a bad day for driving around and sometimes here in the Northwest you never know how the weather can change suddenly. There is always the hope it will go around us at the last minute.
We have about 6 inches of new snow and it's still coming down; although very fine. If it was rain it would be a misty moisty rain. The last time it snowed this hard my youngest went sledding in the neighborhood with friends. Her plastic disc sled didn't last long and there wasn't a sled to be found within 100 miles.
So I made sure when sleds were back in stock I grabbed a couple even though the snow was long gone by then. I felt a failure as a parent not having decent sleds for the kids. I even tried making a sled out of several things around the house: bin lid, wood, etc. Nothing worked.
After I bought the sleds I told her it would probably never snow like that again as long as she lived at home. But here it is and now she's a teen. Those years ago the kids would have been outside hours ago and this time they've only been up for an hour and a half at almost 10:30am.
I know my oldest just wants to look at it from the inside of the house; I don't know what my youngest has in mind yet. I know there was talk over Skype last night of getting together with her other friends who live across town. Their only failure was finding a parent willing to drive them across town. But she's got friends in the neighborhood, so we'll see how motivated she is to get wet and cold.
A couple days ago the girls and I were running around town with my mom. I mentioned the girls' diminished enthusiasm for going outside and playing. My mom thought it sad how we outgrow those kinds of things. Do we out grow it? Or do we just get smarter. Because anyway you look at it, it's cold and wet and the snow always melts over the septic tank. (echo of Erma Bombeck's book "The grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank")