We did not understand it when we moved to Oregon. Why this would constitute a snow day.
I remember the inches upon inches of snow in Michigan and the frigid cold air. My husband grew up in Canada where it is common to get below zero. But here in Oregon there’s a couple factors why this is indeed a snow day…and why everything shuts down.
For one we get dangerously icy roads. There is no salt truck and no snow plows (which also means not as many pot holes or salt wear and tear on the car.) Sometimes the snow melts quickly because the cold temperatures don’t last, but then when it gets cooler at night it turns to ice. Also consider the fact no one here knows how to drive in it. Us Michiganders forget too quickly as well.
But the kids love snow. They get giddy, excited, and can’t wait to run around in it. I have to quickly scurry and find gloves and hats. They own no snow boots and or snow pants. I love watching them enjoy it. Sometimes I’m sad they don’t get to do the sledding, snow forts, and ice skating I did as a kid. Yet they are making their own memories. Maybe one of these years we’ll venture to the mountains for winter activities.
To be honest I was very tired of the snow when we were getting ready to move. I was not disappointed at all Oregon received little snow because I wanted a break from it. There are times when I do miss the winter wonderland everywhere.
This little sweetheart I get to watch two days a week. It’s her first winter and her first Oregon snowfall.
The kids did go to school today, but the school closed at 1 PM. Tomorrow is supposed to be only a high of 28 which is super cold for us.