Yesterday my daughter came home with a plan. “Mommy,” she said, “I learned at school today that to have a snow day we need to put a frozen spoon under our pillows, flush an ice cube and wear our pajamas upside down.” With that pronouncement she went to the cutlery drawer to pick out which spoon she wanted to go into the freezer, and I followed after her to get clarification that “upside down” meant “inside out.” I wasn’t sure how we were going to pull off upside down pajamas.
Not wanting to mess with a potential snow day, I had her freeze a spoon for me and my husband. I dutifully flushed an ice cube and then let her flush one. We both wore our pajamas inside out, but couldn’t convince Mr. Afthead to turn his boxers inside out. A frozen spoon went under her pillow, under my pillow, and was snuck under Mr. Afthead’s pillow. He didn’t really want a snow day, or at least that was his justification for not playing along.
I posted the recipe for snow day on Facebook, and was inundated by replies from my limited list of friends that their kids had also proclaimed the same, or similar snow day procedures. One mom worried because her spoons weren’t frozen, but the power of the elementary school crowed could not be overwhelmed by a single family’s inability to freeze their spoons or a dad’s unwillingness to wear nontraditional oriented pajamas.
The 5:30 oh-my-God-someone-has-died automated phone call from the school district and the foot of snow told us that our careful plans had worked! Do not question the power of the snow day meme when implemented en masse.