Remember the Good Ol’ Days?

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The alarm goes off at 6 a.m. I, a drowsy, little second grader, optimistically ran to the closest window in hopes of snow; the ground danced with snow flurries being harshly blown by violent winds. My wish became a reality. Bianca, my little sister, awoke to me jumping on her bed and dragging her to look at the window. Dashing out the door to greet the snow, we hurriedly slipped on our pink and blue snowsuits and our white boots encased with fur. The neighborhood kids didn’t know what hit them when we continuously knocked on their doors and pounded them with snowballs. Boy, were we rowdy. Those days represented the best winter days a kid could experience. All the memories of drinking hot chocolate during Christmas movies and warming our little toes on our heating pad exhumed school cancellation and excitement. Those exhilarating events won’t be the memories most second graders will experience now. 

Kyndal Silcox’s, a junior, has a favorite memory during a school cancellation; she “did homework with her sisters and then went outside to play in the snow to be greeted by hot chocolate when they came back in.” They mostly played board games and were out in the snow when school was out. Just like Silcox, Jack Salyers, a sophomore, also has fond memories of playing outside in the snow and making forts whenever school was cancelled. Salyers will always cherish the time when he played outside with his older sister, Olivia, and his neighbors who would have snowball fights behind forts that they made. 

  On the other hand, people who lived near or in the city had a different story. Mr. Engle, a well-respected and widely known English teacher, did not have as many cancellations when he was younger because of where he was located. Since his mom worked at 6 a.m, he had to walk to school and remembers vividly of him and all of his friends and older brother walking together. They all were “walking together so we all faced the conditions together.”. Even if on the most rarest of days a snow cancellation occurred, the roads would have been impossible to use; therefore, Mr. Engle and his siblings would watch television on their four channels. “Cable t.v. was not in existence in the late 60s and early 70s,” he said.

Nowadays, the excitement for school cancellations are dim. Once the 6 a.m. alarm goes off, I check my phone with heavy eyes for any signs of a delay or cancellation. With the mercy of the superintendent and the weather, an E-Learning day has been scheduled for the day. I lazily trudge over to tell my siblings this delightful news and eagerly go right back to bed. When I awaken, I know the first thing I must do is get my laptop and get straight to work. Before E-Days, I would be jumping with excitement, but now I am just going through the motions of another day full of work that I don’t understand how to do sometimes. I successfully complete all my time-consuming assignments but little time is left to do anything exciting: if I want to go to bed at a reasonable time to start fresh for the next day. The day went by quickly but felt like an eternity, and occurred with no adventures outside in the snow or any snowball fights that usually ended in tears followed by laughter. No hot chocolate was added into the mix or any heating pad for our frozen toes: everything is just different from the way it was during the elementary days.

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