This self proclaimed North Dakota Girl (15 influential years), transplanted back to her hometown, TN, has been experiencing true snow days! In all the years of bitterly cold winters, snowball fights, sledding, snow forts and tunnels, would you believe I never experienced a snow day? That’s right, I went to school in the coldest parts of our nation. (Alaska’s tundra – the exception) Never once did I experience a snow day until Tennessee public school days!
Snow days here are extraordinary. I totally understand why schools are closed and why my northern buddies poke fun at me on Facebook. We were out four days last week and four days this week. Oh and we actually got snow today! We went to bed with an inch but woke up to about 6 inches everywhere. My youngest son was up and out bright and early, tracking through the snow. Bowls of snow cream were made for breakfast for us from the buckets he placed on the deck the night before.
Then the hunt began. Even though we claim ND as home we do not own a sled, not a single one. Of course every store in our county received a phone call, to no avail. So what’s a dad to do? No sleds but kids with wishful faces can cause you to do some strange things. Today it was homemade sleds made out of an old plastic garbage can. Yep he split that puppy right down the middle and tied rope to the front.
As soon as the teenagers were up it was off to the sledding hill with their friends, thankfully they let their little brother tag along. They trudged home through the melting slush an hour or two later with reports that the garbage can sleds were a bust. Dad’s heart was in the best of places, and hey, you never know until you try. Thankfully they knew some of the neighbors sledding and shared their sleds. “Thank you Neighbors!”
Tomorrow is yet another snow day and by Monday we will be in March and that should take us into next year without anymore snow! Oh and I’ve heard, sleds can be purchased online fairly reasonable so maybe next year we can be prepared and share our sleds with the friends who need a ride.