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Well, thanks to a huge ice storm that hit north Texas Thursday night, we spent three glorious days not getting in our car, not working, not packing school lunches, and in general having a fantastic time.

School was out Friday and Monday, thanks to the solid sheet of ice coating all the roads. And before anyone starts sneering about the pathetic southerners who can’t drive in snow, this is ice, ok? And I drove in snow for twelve years in New York, but you can’t drive on a solid sheet of ice with no snow plows or salt trucks around. Ok?

At any rate, the girls were outside as much as I’d let them, playing in the back yard, “ice skating” in our cul-de-sac, and sledding down the school hill with friends. We kept cider mulling on the stove for three solid days, and wallowed in our home-ness, baking and wrapping gifts and decorating for Christmas like it was December 24.

The whole sleeping in thing has been pretty great, too.

But the real world’s come back, and temperatures got above freezing on Monday, thawing out the roads and giving lots of people restless feet. I headed back to teaching Monday night and school is on for this morning. Teachers are feeling the squeeze of having two days taken away from them before winter break, and suddenly we’re realizing it’s two weeks before Christmas and the clock is ticking!

But for four glorious days, time stood still and we reveled in every minute of it.


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