Being the Florida boy that I am…the closest thing I had to a snow day growing up was having to stay home from school because of a hurricane. But those days were characterized by simply being stuck inside and fearing that our windows were going to be blown in. I’ve since learned…and am living today…that that certainly is not the case with snow days.
Regardless of if you’re from the South or not, unless you’re living under a rock you’ve probably heard that we’ve gotten hit by Snow Storm Leon (I actually didn’t realize until now snow storms were named). Atlanta, in particular got slammed…and it’s not that we got slammed with more snow, but that the timing of it, everyone leaving work and school at the same time, and the authorities expecting the heavier stuff going south of Atlanta…all of that together truly left us frozen wherever we were at about 1pm yesterday. The stories are numerous…both good and bad. There are accounts of great heroism and of the kindness of strangers. There are also a lot of conversations and news stories and social media rants about how and why all this happened and what should have been done differently and who’s to blame. Sure, after everyone is home safe & sound let’s start the discussion as to what could have been done differently, but the best time for that is later…
…now…let’s take advantage of this unexpected opportunity to pause and reflect…while we can. Reflect on life, on beauty, on Creation, on our relationships, on the past, on the future, whatever…just breathe and consider. And of course, let’s take this opportunity to get outside and play! Snow days may be the only time during our oh-so-busy because we’re oh-so-important lives…planned to the gills and absent of margin…to do any pausing or playing.
So join me as I close down my laptop and turn off all other devices to simply get outside for another round of play. By doing so we will be redeeming this unique time we’ve been given. Let today weave some time of both reflection and adventure into your family story.
What are you doing today to redeem your snow day time? Please share your stories with the rest of us. There will be time to deal with today’s news story drama later – and we should, but now’s the time to enjoy the snow and all it has to offer before it melts!