If you happen to live in a climate that experiences the season called winter, “Snow Days” are a thing that happens. Kids get the day-off from school (because the schools close), and parents have a reason to play hooky from work
“Sorry Boss, schools are closed! I’ve got to stay home with the kids!”
That excuse might work with your Boss a couple days a year, but after a few Snow Days his (or her) patience begins to wear thin. Bosses don’t usually like unannounced days off. Projects need to be completed, customers need to be taken care of, and the job needs to get done… regardless of whether a few snowflakes have fallen or not.
Especially in this day and age when business goes on constantly around the globe. Customers enjoying a balmy summer in Australia couldn’t care less if it’s snowing in North America. They just want the work done.
When Mrs. Tako and I were both working we “tag-teamed” days off to watch the kids — First Mrs. Tako would take a day off, then it would be my turn. And so on… alternating on who needed to watch the kids.
This is how we tried to keep the Boss’s disapproving scowl to a minimum. The “tag-team” solution works for awhile, but kids have so many irregular days off now…
Check out this list of “irregular” days off my son has experience over the last 5 months:
- Snow days
- Teacher Conference days
- Teacher Grading days
- Sick Days
- “Other” Strange holidays most people don’t get off from work
- Early release days
- Mid-winter break
Holy cow! Do kids even go to school anymore? If a parent takes that much time off, it’s bound to get noticed and/or aggravate the employer. A employer needs workers that actually get work done. They don’t want to have to deal with the employees that always have some excuse.
Financial Independence makes life so much easier on so many levels…
Recent Snow Days and FI
At 5:08 AM on Monday morning, I got the first school closure announcement of the week. The school’s automated system called my phone, announcing the school closure. Bright and early.
I muted my phone and mumbled something about “schools are closed today” to Mrs. Tako. Then, I rolled over and slept-in. No need to wake-up early on a Snow Day.
In the past, the mere mention of a snow day would have stressed me out. I never could have gone back to sleep. There’s always the negotiation about who’s going to watch the kids, and then how much extra commute time is necessary to deal with conditions.
(I commuted by bus, which was extra tricky when local bus routes changed to “snow routes”)
Now days, life is so much more relaxed…
We got around 4-6 inches of snow overnight. (This doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was enough to create two “snow days”.) It blanketed the neighborhood in all it’s pretty whiteness, and the roads were bad.
Mrs. Tako decided to work from home (telecommute) rather than attempting to drive to work.
The kids of course *love* Snow Days. They get a chance to play in the snow, which is a pretty rare occurrence here.
Snow means tons of free entertainment — We shoveled the driveway, went sledding, built a snow man, rolled in the snow, threw snowballs, and so forth. I even made hot chocolate and pizza for lunch.
Mrs. Tako even took a break to come out and play in the snow. It was a great time — the kind of day I hope the kids remember as “a good day” when they get older.
We didn’t accomplish anything notable, but I could probably win an award for the cleanest driveway in the entire neighborhood.
Basically, a Snow Day for the Tako family now means life on “easy mode”. Fun and family time. Sleeping-in a extra couple of hours. Hanging out with the kids. I don’t try to accomplish anything or stress myself over deadlines.
While this surely isn’t a new revelation, Snow Days really showcase the beauty of financial independence with a family — Any disruption to life becomes almost no disruption at all.
Life is just easier. The stress and disruption caused by inclement weather just melts away… like snow under the heat of a FIRE.
With nothing on the schedule that can’t be easily rescheduled (and no boss to please), a Snow Day becomes just an excuse to goof-off and enjoy life with the family. So we did.
Of course, all that goofing around means I didn’t get around to working on my usual month-end blog post. Instead, you get this sorry excuse for a blog post…
Sorry folks, I was taking a Snow Day!
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