I feel you. Being from New Hampshire, a snow day was a treat that we got when there were severe ice storms, power outages, or at least seven inches. So the double snow day that we had two weeks ago threw me a for a loop. Now that they’re talking about more snow tomorrow, I’m already crossing my fingers that it’ll just blow over.
So I couldn’t help but laugh when I heard this story, “The 5 Steps of Snow Day Acceptance” on Marketplace during my drive home from work the other night. I have a feeling you’ll like it, too.
Here’s an excerpt:
Psychologists have yet to name the combination of despair and bitterness a snow day can trigger, but it’s not unlike the famous five stages of grief described by psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.
Based on interviews I’ve conducted with house-bound would-be working parents, they are:
Stage One: Denial
- “It doesn’t look like it’s accumulating.”
- “The meteorologists are always wrong.”
- “If they were going to call a snowday, they would have called it already.”
Stage Two: Anger
- “I stayed home last time — my husband/wife is staying home tomorrow.”
- “Let my boss spend the day with a two-year-old and see how easy it is to get work done.”
- “When I was a kid they never cancelled school.”
Stage Three: Bargaining
- “If they don’t cancel school tomorrow, I promise I will: a) chaperone a field trip; b) get off my phone when my son is at bat; c) be better about making sure my kids floss, and not just the morning of the dentist appointment.”
Stage Four: Depression
- “That brown-noser in accounting is going to make a play for my job.”
- “I’m going to be stuck at home with a toddler and a kindergartner, and they’re going to want to go sledding.”
- “I am powerless over the hot chocolate and brownies I bought in a pathetic attempt to make the day seem festive.”
Stage five: Acceptance
- “My children are going to spend eight hours playing Madden.”
So, if we are again stuck at home tomorrow, know that I, too, am stir crazy, and eager to finish our poetry unit!