One of my favorite friends, in real life and blog life, Dawn, is sharing something she's thakful for every day this month, and has invited me and you and anyone else to link up with her and share what we're thankful for, too. Now, if you know me at all, you know I'm not the most faithful daily blogger, but I'm going to do my best. Joining in on choosing thankfullness sounds like a good idea to me!
Today, I'm thankful for unexpected snow days.
Last week everyone expected us to have a snow day on Wednesday - it was going to be a big, big storm. But it wasn't. And we didn't even get a two-hour delay. Oh, the disappointment abounded. I had already gone through my normal mental preparation for the probablility that we wouldn't get a day off, so I wasn't as upset. But my students? Oh, so sad.
So yesterday, with another storm forecast for today, students hoped again. This time, though, the storm wasn't predicted to be nearly as bad, so I didn't even entertain the idea of getting a day off. I was confident we wouldn't, so instead of waking up every few hours wondering if I'd get a call, I slept, like any other normal night.
And at 4:30, the phone rang. And not with news of a delay, but of a complete and total cancellation. What surprising joy!
I slept until 7 (when I would normally be at school), got up, made some coffee, read. After I blog, I'll spend some time doing some much needed catch-up work, but at a pace I set, with my PJs and comfy-s on, and the dog curled up on the couch beside me.
Oh, unexpected snow day. I love you.
It's a day to do things I need to do without feeling guilty about doing them, where no one else has any expectations of me, where I am allowed to be as productive or as lazy as I choose to be.
It's a chance to sleep-in, to breathe, to rest, in the midst of a busy week, a busy life. A chance to do so without the standard pressures that a normal day requires. A chance to be. To be however I want to be.
What I am thankful for today? The gift of a snow day.
The gift of a day off.