Snow Day

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.”

~Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass



Ottawa woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow…some 20 cm (close to 8 inches) is covering the ground. The school buses are cancelled and kids everywhere are having their first “snow day” of the year. That means: No school. Snow angels. Hot chocolate.

Happy Snow Day to all!


  1. I have to admit it does *look* beautiful (for the moment, anyway). Can’t say that I miss that part of life in the Nation’s Capital- especially this morning when I awoke to find but a bare dusting of snow on the streets of TO. We might have to deal with municipal idiocy (and idiots), but at least I didn’t have 24cm of snow to shovel!
    Enjoy your snow day!

    • Can’t say I’d enjoy winter without the snow, though I might be less cranky! But we Ottawans are a hardy breed, and we can survive & even enjoy a few inches of snow. Enjoy your bit of snow.

  2. Your post reminds me vividly of a time when things were slower…I remember standing in the snow across from my house waiting for the bus. Your typical Canadian scene- teenagers in heavy coats and boots, shuffling our feet to stay warm, the steam of our breath rising as if from a herd of cattle. Then a Mother ( the stay at home kind ) would open a door and call out “The schools are closed.” The reaction was palpable. The release, a free day, no responsibility, complete freedom: The True Canadian Snow Day. Now they no longer exist in the true sense. Schools remain open due to constraints imposed by the Ministry of Education. In order to receive funding, your school has to remain open for a certain number of days in the year. Most high school students in urban centers use public transportation so there is still the expectation that they should TRY to get to school ..then parents are on the hook.- stressed trying to get their kids to school. Lets go back to the real snow day!

    • So true, the great Canadian snow day is not universal anymore. We live in the slow lane here (as you know!)…so we get to enjoy these old-fashioned rituals. Sad though. We all need to slow down a bit…

  3. ohoh, that makes me a little nostalgic: the first snow day is always the coziest! My sons used to sleep with their pajama pants on backwards when snow was predicted. According to them and their friends it enhances the chance of a snowday. Do Ottawa kids share this rural Ontario superstition?In Ohio, juuuuust some pretty snowflakes, you cannot even call it a dusting;0)

    • Thank you for your fun comment! You made me smile. No, I can’t say I’ve heard of this superstition, but it’s a good one. Pretty snowflakes sound perfect — and not so hard for driving in. But I will wear my pj’s backwards in hopes that you will get more snow in Ohio!

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