I was totally unprepared for today.
I live in New York and had heard the forecasts re: the impending snow storm.
I ran all over town yesterday doing errands….the drug store…bank….supermarket, etc., so we’d be well stocked with necessities, mostly for Seth.
Then the phone rang at 6AM this morning. I jumped out of my skin because I don’t wake up that early, and we don’t get calls that early, so I thought G-d forbid, had something happened to my senior dad, or my mother-in-law, who broke her wrist just a week ago?
Luckily, neither was the case. It was a recorded message from the school district announcing that today was a snow day and that the children would not be attending kindergarten. It hadn’t started snowing at that point, but this was in anticipation of what was to come.
So…now what? I thought. I didn’t plan any at-home activities for Seth and I. And, I wasn’t about to go driving around in the snow. I’m not comfortable with that. They never plow the streets well or quickly in my neighborhood.
So, what to do with a busy 5 year old boy who every 5 minutes asks, “What are we doing today?”
Out came the gingerbread mix that had been sitting in the pantry.
We baked a gingerbread man and made a house. Ok…they both came out looking like pancakes, but it was the effort that counted.
We later made popcorn and watched a DVD.
Seth shoveled outside twice. So, we had two changes of clothing, and outerwear, since he was getting soaked each time.
In between, I hustled to do work, answer emails, tape a radio interview, etc. All the while, watching Seth closely out the window and applauding his shoveling efforts.
Finally, as he continued to climb the walls back inside, we gave in, and allowed him to open his Hanukkah present from grandpa early. It was a Black ‘n Decker kids tool station. I’m not sure what Seth loved more. Playing with the tools, or installing the batteries to get it in working order. He’s such a boy!
Before you knew it, time passed, as it always does so quickly. Marc came home from work, we ate dinner, and now they’re both outside shoveling, as I quickly write this blog post.
All in all, today was a nice bonding day with Seth. But, I must admit, next time I suspect that a snow day might be in store, I’m going to try to do some advanced activity planning, as best I can.