A birthday snow day

February 10, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc

A rare snow day for NYC public schools yesterday was a good reason for all of us to play hooky and take the day off, especially since we were celebrating a 13th birthday. The kid always wanted a snow day for her birthday. What better age to have your wish granted than the one where you enter teenagedom?

This snow storm was pretty tame compared to ones we’ve had before, and the girls have certainly walked to school in much worse conditions. Snow days in NYC are pretty rare. When we got outside, we saw that the streets were efficiently plowed and public transportation was running delightfully smooth and on time. But honestly, I think perhaps the mayor was feeling the fatigue that all of us were feeling the last few weeks since the inauguration and just wanted to give us a snow day, because it was called even before the first flake of snow fell.

It had been years since we’ve been to Central Park during a storm and it was well worth the effort to jump on a subway into Manhattan. It really is breathtaking to see freshly falling snow blanket the trees and glacial rocks in the park while skyscrapers loom gently around the perimeter, softened by whiteout conditions. I don’t think the city can get any prettier.

Snow seems to bring out the child inside of all New Yorkers. The mood inside the park was exuberant, which is a sharp contrast to the sometime somber mood I’ve picked up around town lately. New Yorkers and tourists alike took it all in like a much needed breath of fresh air.

And for one day, we forgot all about politics.

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  • Melissa@Julia's Bookbag February 10, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Happy, happy day to your girl!! Mine has a birthday coming up next week. Love all the snow in the trees….the Nutcracker Forest <3

  • Lara February 12, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    happy birthday! your eldest was so little when I started reading your blog, time really does race by even when it feels slow. What a soft and beautiful birthday snowstorm, warmest wishes your family’s way!

  • Nancy Moore February 14, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve read and loved your blog since your girl was little. Happy Birthday and may the next chapter of your life be filled with laughter.