Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Ode to the Snow Day
Pablo Neruda has a series of "Odas". Poems he has written in order to praise the parts of life most people deem ordinary, but that he regards as fantastic. While not in the form of a poem, consider this my "Ode" to the snow day.
The Northeast is currently being pounded by a blizzard and even though yesterday was calm and even a bit sunny, my boss the chancellor announced before 12 pm that today would be a snow day. Awesome. I feel completely guilt and pressure free about snow days. Naturally, I had an idea of what I was going to teach today, so that will become my lesson for tomorrow instead. Thursday and Friday will be combined (Friday was going to be light anyway, since it's the day before our mid-winter recess) and voila, the week is over with minimal planning.
Don't get me wrong, I love a vacation from school. I love relaxing, having time to go to eye doctor and dentist appointments, and of course being able to go out on what would normally be a "school night". There comes a time during the break however, when the feeling of impending doom starts to invade. I start to think about what lessons I am going to teach after the break, projects I'm going to assign, and of course all the papers I have managed to avoid grading. Sometimes, I even have dreams. Horrible dreams in which I come back from vacation only to realize my entire class has been replaced with monsters.
But, none of that happens on a day like today: a fantastic and absolutely relaxing day: A Snow Day.