It's about time. February 13th and it's really the first snow to speak of this season. Of course I think it's our fault - little guy got his first pair of snow bibs and a cool Body Glide sled for Christmas this year so of course it didn't snow.
As I tucked him into bed last night, he said a little prayer that it would snow.. a lot. Oh how boys love this weather. They don't care how cold it is.. they just want outside.
We have equal fun inside our house. On snow days (even though mom works from home, taking calls and writing emails) we make hot chocolate, yummy comfort foods and build the biggest fort known to man in our living room. We watch cartoons or movies with popcorn in our fort and even invite the furry kids to join in the fun. It's a blast.
As a parent snow days are quite stressful. If you aren't putting the kids in the car to trek to the daycare, praying nobody slides into you en route... you are trekking your way into the office in standstill traffic. My true turning point of getting into the office was three years ago. Kansas City had experienced a crazy, icy event one morning and it took me 2 hours to drive 18 miles into the office only to have us close two hours later and another 2 hour drive home. Yep, that's effective. I can work from home just fine - but I can't work from my car. The white knuckle of the drive just makes me want to vomit. I have been in enough wrecks to last my lifetime and don't ever want to experience it again.
I think this is a tough one for employers. Obviously they want you to feel safe. But they can't close every time we get a flurry. It's nice to see so many employers giving their employees the option to work from home if possible. I feel for my friends in fields that cannot accomplish this (nursing, for example). No matter what the patients are still awaiting care.
For those of you home with your kiddos trying to "work from home"... try to sprinkle in a little fun if you can in between calls! The kids love it and hold the memories dear. Even if you just make mac 'n cheese for lunch and sit under a blanket in the living room, they will remember it forever.
|Coop, 2009 Snow Day|