An Ode to the Snow Day

An Ode to the Snow Day

An Ode to the Snow Day

by Andrea Marshbank

 

Oh, my dearly beloved snow day,

How you bring about such glee.

While the children run amuck and play,

You give me a day off that is completely guilt-free.

 

I wait for the critical phone call,

Anxiously staring at my phone.

For the message that releases us all,

“Snow day! Please stay home.”

 

We may hem and haw at the audacity,

How dare they put our lessons on hold.

But I’m quite okay with it, actually,

I don’t want to be out in the cold.

 

At 7AM the streets are carpeted in white,

While jealous parents are ambling to work.

And I lie in bed snuggled tight,

Being thankful for this limited perk.

 

The days of snowmen and sledding are behind me,

But I am not one to complain.

I’ll simply stream West World or Buffy,

And pretend I am grading essays.

 

The ice and freezing rain will keep us at bay,

Away from our normal school worries.

Instead, we’ll listen to podcasts or read Roxane Gay,

To avoid the chill of the flurries.

 

No tests or projects or quizzes,

No homework or notes, thank God.

Just Skyrim and elves and archery,

I think I’ll add a new mod.

 

I keep a constant supply of hot cocoa,

In the cabinet for just this occasion.

Because the truth that we all know,

Is that this is a mini teacher vacation.

 

But when I stay home in the peace and the quiet,

I miss the smiling faces that make school such a riot.

 

And although I appreciate this infrequent jewel,

The best part of a snow day is going back to school.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at andreamarshbank@gmail.com. You can also find me on Twitter at @msmarshbank, Instagram at @amarshybank, and Linked In at Andrea Marshbank

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