Another winter blast came through last week adding up more snow days for some area schools. Kids love snow days.
Like everything else in life, snow days come with a price. The days have to be made up at the end of the year, during spring break, or using holiday days. Sometimes even Saturday school days have been used to finish out a school year.
Once again, we see nothing in life is completely free. Even a fun, snow day has consequences.
We have been more fortunate than some other areas with their snow after snow after snow. I heard a few reports on how much the winter weather is costing cities for clean up and the figures were very, very high. I would guess those northern cities have clean-up in the budget but our southern cities may not.
Most of the time in our area snow comes and it goes. Ordinarily we get a few inches of snow two or three times a year and each is gone in a day or two.
It doesn't stay around very long but while it is here the kids love it and I have to admit I like watching it come down. Kids of all ages can't wait to get out and play.
I was watching a documentary filmed in Alaska at 50 degrees below zero. I can't imagine being out in such temperatures and going about their every day business.
I guess if a person is born and raised in those conditions, it would be the normal but I would definitely have to get some heavier socks. When my feet are cold, I cannot get warm.
I don't like extreme cold or hot.
I have heard people say the heat in the western states is not as bad as the hot weather here because it is a dry heat. I traveled "out west" once. It was in August and it was in the middle of a heat wave. When we got off the airplane at 10 p.m., it was 110 degrees. The next day it was even hotter. I didn't stop and think, "This dry heat doesn't feel as hot as Arkansas heat." Just like when it is over 100 degrees here, I was hot and looking for the air conditioning.
We can be thankful for our homes with our warm heaters in the winter and cool air conditioners in the summer.
During this snow time we should make sure our kids and grandkids have their hats and gloves on while they are building their snow people and making snow angels.
We should take extra care to make sure our dogs and cats have dry, warm places to stay. They get cold, too.
Now we will have to wait and see what kind of weather February brings.