Monday Memories: Snow Day

I live in the Midwest. We get snow. Sometimes, we get a lot of snow. Like a couple of years ago during the giant Chicago Blizzard of 2011, also known as SnO-M-G, Snomageddon, or The Snopocalypse, when the world as we (Chicagoans) know it was put on hold for a whole week(which actually felt like a lifetime.)

When I was a senior in high school, I had a car that I will one day write a whole post about (it was that awesome). And in our neighborhood, the bus was nasty, overcrowded, and smelled really really really really really bad. So even before I had a car, Mom drove our bus-hating asses to school every morning. And picked our bus-hating asses up every evening (My brother and I were also 2.5 season athletes, so we often needed the late night pick-up, anyways.)

So when my senior year came, and I was granted the coveted spot at one of the parents’ friends’ parents’ house across the street from our high school for the year, I was the happiest teenager ever. It was about 10 feet closer than the 50-spot lottery student lot. It was a mile closer than where non-lottery winners parked. It was awesome. And several of the kids in the neighborhood benefited from this spot. I drove my brother, myself, and at least 3 other kids to and from school on a daily basis. My Ford Explorer could fit several more (shhhh, don’t tell my mom), so sometimes we did.

One winter day in the early months of 2001, a blizzard was set to hit the Chi and surround ‘burbs. It was a normal weekday, and we had all made our way to school like it was no big thing. At about 9:30 in the morning, though, my brother and I were paged to the Dean’s office. Unexpected, but not unusual, I made my way to the office, where I sometimes spent a little free time, partially because I kind of liked the deans…and mostly because I was a total suck-up.

Mom had apparently called and told them to send her children home, because the blizzard was about to get bad she was not having and of this 17-year-old daughter driving home in a blizzard crap. Brian and I high-fived (does it confuse you that my brother and my boyfriend have the same name? My family hates it…There’s also a girl Bry in our fam too…and a boy Chris…it’s funny…err anyways…) So we looked at each other, plotting with the wonder twin powers (we’re Irish twins)…and I looked at the Dean and said, “What about the other kids we drive?”

The Dean looked a little confused and I went on…”There are 4 other kids who depend on us for a ride home every day. What about them? They need to leave with us, too.”

The Dean stared at me. Not surprised, he shook his head at me. “Write down their names.” A few minutes later, one by one, my friends from the neighborhood started piling into the office. The Dean greeted them as I grinned my Cheshire grin, “Call your parents. If they give you permission to leave school early, you can go home with Chrissy and Brian.”

30 minutes later, 6 of us were headed back to my house, where everyone was to stay until their parents got home. Mom made homemade chicken soup for everyone, while we played in the snow. We got the next day off of school with everyone else, but no one else got a day and a half, like we did. And it was a magical day.

High school Snow day snow day 3 Snow Day

Do you have any snow day memories, Blog Friends? Tell me yours!

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Comments

  1. God I miss snow days! Now they’re “work from home days,” which, while I can chill in my PJs isn’t nearly as cool as playing in the snow and drinking cocoa.

  2. Growing up in California I never got a snow day because it never snowed! So jealous!

  3. I also baked brownies!!! One of my favorite memories also, Chrissy. It was in December and the tree was up….miss you,love you

  4. You are so freaking AWESOME!!! I hate snow, but I would totally move to Chi-town to have snow days with you!

    I don’t have any real memories since I don’t come from snow… But I totally loved living through yours! I want in on this Monday memories post!

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  5. JoulesDellinger says:

    Worst snow day ever: my (previous) boyfriend and I lived together and we were so not right for each other. He would make me so mad that I could feel my blood pressure rise before I turned into the HULK. Well, the day of a storm he went to buy a car with the help of his dad. He calls me from the car dealership to find some papers, and I come across a secret stash of injectable steroids IN MY HOUSE! To say I freaked the freak out would be an understatement. Oh yeah, he came home (with his brand new car) and we were then snowed in with 4 feet of snow. How do you like those apples. Dick.

  6. wow!! That’s an awesome memorable day!!

  7. It's A Dome Life says:

    I love these pictures! We never get enough snow to have fun in it. I miss those days. I don’t miss shoveling my car out to get to work and then shoveling my driveway to get back into it after the snowplow has made a road block. Snow isn’t as fun when you are a grown up. Poop.

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