I’ve been grinning like a fool all morning, ever since I opened my eyes at 8:15, when my alarm sounded. I didn’t get out of bed right away; my legs were curled perfectly under mounds of blankets, and my arms inside my sweatshirt and my toes inside my thick socks were warm. But I knew right away what had happened.
A trip out to the hall window confirmed it.
Snow changes everything. Even our gravel alley lined with garbage cans looks sufficiently magical.
I was stopped by two trains on my walk to campus, but how could I care with slush at my feet and heavy clouds hanging promisingly above my head?
And then, and then, I walked into work. Sharon handed me, as she does every few mornings, signs to be posted on specific classroom doors. The signs announce that a class has been cancelled, and I always imagine this task of mine to be a noble one, for what other announcement causes so much joy amongst students? But on this particular day, as I posted the signs, I read them: “Cancelled: Latin American History, 2:00-3:40.” It was my class. My only class for today has been cancelled.
I suspect I don’t have to tell you that I squealed with delight and jumped up and down and bounded outside to make a snow angel, and then wasn’t even disappointed that there’s not quite enough ground coverage for that kind of joyful expression.
I still have a paper to write today, friends, but Thursday has come through again.