I Advise You To Take An Adult Snow Day

BlutoDear Modern Philosopher,

Like you, I like in New England, and I am gearing up for this Nor’easter the meteorologists are predicting for Tuesday and Wednesday.

I’ve lived here my whole life, so blizzards with huge accumulations are nothing new.  What gets me, though, is that I’m still expected to go to work even though they are calling for up to two feet of snow.

My kids won’t have school, I’m sure daycare will be closed, and I don’t know if I can get my sitter to drive over here in whiteout conditions.  My ex-husband moved to sunny California after our divorce, so it’s not like I could ask him for help.

So my question to you is: How come grownups don’t get snow days?  When I was kid, I’d pray for snow because I knew it meant no school.  How come work doesn’t close when it snows?  Do we only care about the safety of our school children?  Are adults expendable?

I don’t get it.  What are your thoughts on this?

Thanks for your help.  Stay safe!

Working in a Winter Wonderland

snowmanDear Working,

Amen, sister!  I am totally with you on this.

I am really hoping that my company closes for the day given the horrific conditions being predicted, but if they insist on staying open, I plan to use a vacation day.

Not that it would be a vacation.  I’ll be outside all day trying to stay ahead of the storm as there’s no way I’m going to wait for two feet of snow to fall before I start to shovel it.  Plus, I’m not letting that much snow accumulate on my roof.  I will be out there with my shovel and the roof rake getting in quite the workout.

I advise you to take an adult snow day.  Don’t put your life in jeopardy by driving in a blizzard to get to work.  I’m sure your boss will understand.  You’re no good to the company if you get into an accident and end up in the hospital.

You get vacation time for a reason.  Use it.

I’ve got 6 weeks of it saved up, and I think it’s time to use a day.

Maybe you and the kids can build a Snowman and make a fun day of it.

Good luck!


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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17 Responses to I Advise You To Take An Adult Snow Day

  1. markbialczak says:

    Use it or lose it. Adults deserve mental relief from snow, too, Austin. Great advice to take the snow day. Unless a company provides essential services, I say, shut it down for a blizzard.

  2. AC says:

    Too bad you don’t get paid snow days. When the weather prevents letter carriers from delivering mail, they get “Act of God” pay. For them, snow is manna from heaven.

  3. ksbeth says:

    yes to snow days for one and all! (my campaign slogan)

  4. stephanie710 says:

    I’m in until further notice. This is insane—we haven’t seen snow predictions like this on the NJ Shore since, um, 2012?? I think. Who knows. All I know is I can’t take it and I don’t know how those poor folks in Buffalo survived that HUGE storm early on. Stay safe, friend.

  5. Pamela Edwards says:

    Adult Snow Days is a great idea ! Should be mandatory. ❄⛄

  6. There have been a few days that I’ve called into work and said, nope, I’m not driving in this weather. When the news is telling people to stay off the roads, they should!

  7. jenpiercedwonderings says:

    Last January here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we had adult ice days. We never get ice and 6 blocks from the beach we had a good half inch. People down here down know anything about how to navigate ice (as evidenced by the multiple car pile-ups that closed most major Thoroughfares. Most places sent employees home for the duration of they were non-essential. It was nice.

  8. There have been days I called into work and said I couldn’t get out of my driveway! If the news is telling people to stay off the roads, for Pete’s sake, that’s what they should do.

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