It’s another cold winter day. It has been over a month since my students have been at school on a Monday morning. It is our third bad weather day this year, and it means summer vacation will start three days later, maybe four if the schools call off tomorrow, which is highly likely. I think moms are at their whit’s end. I am, too. Last week it was cold, though not as cold or windy as it is today, or will be today. I had morning bus duty last week and it was cold. A few kids climbed off the buses wearing shorts, or a light jacket. I have no idea how they got out of the house dressed like that, but they did. It was cold. But, today is even colder and the temperatures are going to drop even more throughout the day.
Today is W’s birthday, he’s 16 today, and actually, he’ll be officially 16 sometime around 10:30 PM. I remember the day well, though B probably remembers it differently. It seems like the other day, and some days it seems a million years ago. Saturday we watched him wrestle and take second place in the conference for his weight class. He has come a long way, we all have.
He got to sleep in this morning, a treat he would not have had without the weather day. Last night, we went to dinner at an Italian place near the city. The bad weather had begun rolling in during dinner and it was blowing snow on the way home, making for an interesting drive. When we got home, the Grammy’s were on. I wasn’t all that interested and wanted to watch Downton Abbey instead. I lost, and went to bed to read but, it wasn’t long before I was asleep. I have no idea how late the Grammy’s went or how long B and the kids stayed up.
I wanted to get a jump-start on the day, but slept in as well. Ivy came upstairs to let me k now it was time to get up. B followed me downstairs minutes later, then O. It wasn’t long before we were all awake. It was good to sleep in and catch up on needed rest.
Looking out the window, you would never know the temperature is below zero. You can see the trees sway, the snow blown into drifts, the snow a thick blanket of white across the lawn, footsteps smoothed over and filled in. It certainly is not a warm June day. Nevertheless, it is what we have today. Ivy has found her winter favorite spot in the dining room. The sun streams in on sunny days and she’ll reposition herself as the sunbeams streaming in change their direction. In June, she’d be in the front yard, the deck, or the back yard depending on the time of day, sunning herself. For today and tomorrow her trips outside will be brief, she is no fool.
As for me, I have a few errands and I will try to get some work done – grading, planning, rethinking, but for right now I am not the least bit motivated. It is summer, or might as well be. Tonight, I’ll be preparing and cooking a birthday dinner: steak, potatoes, and salad with birthday cake for dessert. That’s B’s department. So, I’d better jump up, jump in, and seize the day. Today is gonna be a great day, sort of, it’s all in what I make of it. Making the Days Count, even when summer vacation days come in January, and a cold January day, at that.
What’s the weather like where you are? What are you gonna do with it?