The best and worst parts of snow days involve family togetherness. (Jennifer Bardsley)

The best and worst parts of snow days involve family togetherness. (Jennifer Bardsley)

Snow days start out grand but quickly cause cabin fever

The recent bout of snowy weather made her family feel all of the emotions. Here’s a day-by-day recap.

The recent bout of snowy weather made my family feel all of the emotions. Here’s our day-by-day recap as we slowly turned feral.

Day 0

Mom [reading weather report in newspaper]: “Well, I better run to the grocery store to stock up on the essentials.”

Kid [glaring at half-finished homework]: “Alexa, what’s the weather going to be tomorrow?”

Amazon Echo: “Here’s the forecast for tomorrow. Look for snow flurries with a high of 37 and a low of 28.”

Mom: “Is your homework done yet?”

Kid [throwing down pencil]: “Yup.”

Day 1

Mom [still in bathrobe at 10 a.m.]: “I may not be dressed yet, but I’ve gotten so much done today. All the bills are paid and I’m caught up on my email.”

Kid [stomping through kitchen wearing ski clothes]: “Nobody touch my snowball. I’m putting it in the freezer.”

Teen: “Why would I want your snowball?”

Dad: “Can you keep it down? I’m on a conference call for work.”

Teen: “Let’s go build a snowman.”

Kid: “OK, but my gloves have dog poop on them.”

Mom [staring at gloves on kitchen table]: “What?”

Day 2

Mom [standing at sliding glass door and arguing with poodle]: “Come on, Merlin, you can do it. Go outside and do your business. The snow won’t hurt you.”

Kid: “The air filter in my room turned onto the red setting. That’s bad, right?”

Mom [gently shoving poodle outside]: “I think it’s because someone in the neighborhood is burning wet wood.”

Teen [hollering from upstairs]: “Mom! Merlin peed in my room again.”

Mom [grimacing]: “Of course he did.”

Day 3

Mom [looking at perfectly clear driveway]: “I can’t believe they canceled school today. Wouldn’t it have been better to do a delayed start?”

Teen: “I don’t know, but good news: My math test has been canceled. Now all I have to do is take the final.”

Mom: “How is that good news? How can you study for the final if you can’t go to school?”

Teen: “Don’t worry. It’ll be fine.”

Dad [arriving home from work]: “They said on the radio that there’s another winter storm alert, so I came home early. Where’s the kid?”

Mom: “I have no idea.”

Dad [laughing]: “Great parenting.”

Kid [coming through front door wearing a swimsuit and snow boots]: “The neighbor’s hot tub is awesome.”

Mom: “Shut the door. It smells like a campfire out there.”

Day 4

Mom: “Hallelujah, it’s a delayed start.”

Teen [assembling breakfast smoothie]: “Why can’t school start at 9:20 every day? This makes so much sense.”

Dad: “And now you won’t have another snow day to make up.”

Teen [rolling eyes]: “ A snow day in winter is worth 1.5 vacation days in summer.”

Kid: “Yeah. All we do during make-up days is watch movies and clean out our desks.” [Opens freezer] “Which one of you animals took my snowball?”

Teen [slurping smoothie]: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Jennifer Bardsley publishes books under her own name and the pseudonym Louise Cypress. Find her online on Instagram @the_ya_gal, on Twitter @jennbardsley or on Facebook as The YA Gal. Email her at

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