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photo of snow on street

Well, we’ve made it to December without a significant snowfall in Northeast Ohio. I’m not sure if I’m glad or disappointed.

Many of us are divided on the topic of snow. We love to watch it fall, but hate driving in it. We want it falling on Christmas Day, but insist it stops shortly after we open presents, why? Because we don’t want to drive in snow, period.

I have a solution: the liberal use of snow days.

When you see snow as a kid

Face it, official snow days would really lighten the moods of thousands of Ohioans. Forbes listed many Ohio cities in its annual “America’s Most Miserable Cities” list. One of the contributing factors is, of course, the weather. Many of us are miserable because we know we’ll eventually have to drive in snow. But, as kids, we loved snow!

Who doesn’t remember waking up early during a school day and listening to the radio or watching the morning newscast for school cancellations? I remember watching that list scroll across my television screen. If I didn’t see my school, I’d sit, defiantly, in front of the television set and patiently wait for my school’s place in line to come around again.

When you see snow as an adult

“How could my school NOT be closed?” I thought, “there’s literally 2 feet of snow on the ground, it’s 11 degrees and my snowman is barely visible through this blizzard!”

(Do you think snowmen dread snowy days? It must be nightmarish to see the stuff you’re made of falling from the sky.)

But, if I did see my school, I’d want to see if it appeared a second time on the ticker. If it did, it would be back to bed for me.

Alas, those days are long gone. As adults, the only hope we could possibly have for a snow day is if there’s a snowfall so extreme that dog sleds are the only viable form of transportation. And then, such a snowfall would cause more problems than it’d be worth.

Remember a couple years ago when Cleveland was pummeled with a winter storm that brought the whole city to a crawl? I remember it. In fact, I was stuck in that snowstorm. I was lucky enough to not be stuck on the highway;

I was only a few blocks from my apartment, but many people were stuck on the highway for hours. This is the 

storm I’m talking about.  Snow started falling around noon that day. By rush hour the roads were covered.

The next morning, the city was filled with abandoned cars, traffic accidents, the occasional snowman and enough grumpiness to give “grumpy cat” a run for her money.

Why do we do this to ourselves? Is it really worth risking your life driving to work when there’s 10 inches of snow on the road? Maybe. I suppose it depends on what kind
of work you’re in.

Cleveland needed a few of these after the storm

Obviously emergency and medical personnel cannot afford to take a day off just because of the weather. But, what if other industries instituted a snow day policy?

Imagine this: You wake up and realize over a foot of snow has fallen overnight. Your car is covered and the roads haven’t been traveled, or plowed. Then, you get a call from your boss. Your boss tells you to take the day off because driving to work and risking your life (and sanity) is an unnecessary risk for the company to take.

If your boss told you that the company was having a snow day, what would you do?

I think I would go back to bed.

Will is Farm and Dairy's newest writer. He's recently moved to Lisbon, Ohio where he lives in a church turned community theater. He enjoys writing (of course), theater and hiking.
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