“When there’s snow on the ground, I like to pretend I’m walking on clouds.”

The weather is warm: everything is melting. At first I thought it was raining so I went to the back door to check. No rain, just the constant dripping of melting snow. No sun, only clouds. Yesterday the branches were covered. Today they are empty of snow.

I keep losing track of the day. Last week was so slow that on Tuesday I thought it was Thursday. This week is going a bit faster, but I have no idea why. Some weeks feel endless while other weeks are gone before I even realize it. My routine is pretty much the same every day so I think this spell I’m in must be boredom, ennui. I don’t seem to have much ambition though I did force myself to do the laundry. I guess I got tired of seeing the laundry bag in the hall, leaning against the cellar door. I think it had been there close to two weeks. Yesterday I also did a bit of dusting with my sweatshirt sleeve. Finally I watched a couple of programs on my DVR. One was the Doctor Who Christmas.

This snow storm was a cheat. It spoiled the weekend and clean up on Sunday meant school on Monday. When I was a kid, snow days were holidays. They were never added to the end of the year. I have no idea how many days we had to go to school back then, but because I was in a parochial school, I had more days off than the public school kids. We were off on Holy Days of Obligation, parish saint days and nuns’ visiting days. I have no idea why or where the nuns went visiting. I just hoped they had a good time.

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4 Comments on ““When there’s snow on the ground, I like to pretend I’m walking on clouds.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    It is the same here, almost no snow left but we’ll get more by the end of thge week they think. It will still be above 32 though so I guess that too will be gone rather quickly.

    We never had days of because of snow, the only trime I know kids had to stay at home was when a hurricane passed by 1969. Now days kids living in the countryside usually are home if they can’t drive the schoolbus safely but I don’t think they add any days because of that.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Christer,
      The snow is still piled along the roads and on the lawns. It is too deep in those spots for it to melt quickly.

      The law here in Massachusetts is a certain number of hours of school which equals 180 days for the whole school year. You can add hours to your school day to go a lower amount of days, but it is all the same number. In the school year schedule, 5 days are added to the end of the year in case of snow days. If there are none, the days are subtracted. Last year there were so many days off for the local schools they didn’t finish until June 30.

      The dripping is even worse.

      Have a good night!

  2. Bob Says:

    When I was in High School in NYC I don’t remember ever getting off from school due to snowfall. We walked to school or took the bus or the train. The law in Texas is 180 school days annually. If there are snow days they are made up in the early part of June. The State pays each district an amount of money for each kid who is in school per day. Local school districts don’t want to miss out on any of the money regardless if the make up day is in June, July or any time else.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      There were no school buses running back then even for kids who walked a long way. The kids from St. Pat’s lived all over the town and some had the longest walk to school of anybody.

      Our days are added to the end of the school. Last year the Cape schools went longer than schools anywhere else in the state.

      No money here based on attendance, and the attendance is always great: at the least 90% and at the most 98%.


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