Sunday, December 04, 2005


No Day Like a Snow Day

I woke this morning to the first real snowfall and accumulation of the season. It happened to fall on the day of the annual Snowflake Parade, in which my daughter marches as a Girl Scout. What could be better? Right? All of this put in mind of a film, made in 2000, which I saw for the first time earlier this year with my children -- during a particularly snowy time of year. The film is Snow Day. And I was surprised at how accurately it was able to convey the importance and magic of a "snow day" (a day off from school, due to snow) in the life of a school-age child. As the film reminds us, "Anything is possible on a Snow Day." And didn't it feel that way? The way the snow slowed everything down to a hush. How it sometimes even closed down your street to traffic, because it was piled so high. Snow forts. Snowball fights. Snow angels. And the hot chocolate or warm chicken soup that waited for you, back home, when it started getting dark and your fingers and toes were wet and frozen. Anyone who enjoyed those days, will appreciate the sentiment of this film. On Snow Days, children rule. Ironically, my son was watching an episode of Rugrats yesterday which deals with a "Snow Day." When Stu Pickles, one of the parents, gleefully exclaims "School's closed!!!" his friend Charlie reminds him, "Stu, you're 35 years old, you don't have to go to school." But the feeling is still there. There's nothing really earth-shattering about Snow Day, the movie. But it's the perfect flick to watch with your children (ages 9-15) or by yourself, on a snowy day, if you want to remember a time when snow equaled no responsibilities (at least for the day) until the plow came through your street and forced you back to school the next day.

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