Over the last three months the mid-atlantic and south have seen some of the largest snow storms in recent memory. Of course, all of this is child's play to our friends in Minnesota, but we're still proud of our accumulation thus far in 2009-2010. While the snow can create major issues for traffic, work, and government budgets, it is something students and teachers keep a keen eye on because of the potential for snow days.
The expectation of snow days can be as exciting as the expectation a child feels on Christmas Eve. When snow does come and blankets streets, trees, and bushes silencing the "white" noise of our neighborhoods, the enchantment with the beauty and power of nature sprouts and spreads through our souls. Children experience a direct connection with nature that (in our urban context) is lacking. A natural serenity envelops adults like the snow envelops evrything below it.
Tonight we will fall asleep (with our pajamas turned inside out and a slight sweat from the snow dance we just completed) and dream in different shades of white. Our expectation is that we will get a free day - a snow day. We hope enchantment will greet us when we awake.