Flush ice cubes down the toilet, wear your pajamas inside out, put a spoon under your pillow, put a white crayon and/or a penny in the freezer, tape a button to the ceiling, leave ice cubes on your porch, and/or wear a colored sock on one foot.
What do these activities have in common? Parents of school-age kids probably know; they are things kids do to bring on a snow day. Had I not grown up in Oklahoma and raised my son there, I might have known that.
I’d never heard of any of these superstitions until a TV news report this evening showed a mighty-pleased-with-himself boy boasting about having done some of these things last night. And he’s a believer now for sure because Denver got dumped on big-time today. I’ve got maybe 14″ in my yard now and it’s still coming down. Darn those kids anyway!
I checked with my daughter-in-law to see if my grandkids had anything to do with it. She said the only thing they do is put their ski trail maps in the freezer. I suggested they put them in a different part of the freezer, since none of this snow landed up on the slopes. It’s all down here in town and out on the plains. I-70 is closed all the way to the Kansas border.
At least the storm wasn’t a surprise. The forecasters had been warning us about it for several days. I stocked in plenty of groceries and have no plans to go out for a couple of days. Ah, the joys of retirement. No need to battle the snow to get to work. And no kids at home driving me crazy on their snow day.
- How to have a snow day (andrewbwatt.wordpress.com)
- I-70 Shutdown From Kansas Border to Denver (fox4kc.com)
- Snow! (coloradorescuedog.wordpress.com)
- Possibly historic snowstorm hitting Denver (cbsnews.com)
- “Monster” snowstorm pounds Denver – CBS News (cbsnews.com)
- Ten Snow Day Rituals (midmittenkids.com)