by Rosa Goetz
The time of year has come where students keep the County Snow Line on a constant speed dial—the time of year for snow, and more importantly, snow days. Seniors start taking days off (being sick with senioritis), and the rest of us look longingly at the Weather Channel, hoping to see a fluffy snow blob on the radar.
But the unfortunate problem is that snow doesn’t come at our beck and call—it won’t come on the day our paper is due, no matter how much we beg. But even one snow day is better than none to the students’thinking, and any day that we take off is a day that can be peacefully used for socializing. Therefore, after hearing Ray’s pronouncement on snow, students have developed a number of superstitions designed to make sure there’s a snow day.
I have talked with several of WHS’s students, and have gathered a number of superstitions as to snow days. There’s the ever-popular Snow Dance, which comes in a variety of forms designed to suit any student. Many students, including Cross Country star, Hannah Barbour, swear by the simple Snow Dance as a cure to school. The most successful snow dance I have personally witnessed was by my 8th-grade math teacher (Mrs. Brooks, now working as a substitute). After her snow dance at the end of class, we had 2 days free of school. Another student said that a snow dance around the tree at the old high school was a surefire remedy.
Another remedy many students endorse is to turn one’s pajama bottoms inside out when snow is forecast. I have never tried this, but this is the favorite superstition of many students. One can see why: it is simple and elegant, requires very little loss of dignity (unlike the Snow Dance), and might even work! Its effectiveness might be increased by using the inside-out-pajama-bottoms along with another superstition, or by running around the house with one’s inside-out pajama bottoms.
A stranger method that Senior Benjamin Knight swore by was to spin around twice, and then flush an ice cube down the toilet. According to other sources it is not necessary to spin twice, but flushing multiple ice cubes can also help. Again, I have never tried this personally, but I can see how the belief might have originated. What would make more sense to some desperate student (with a paper due the next day) than to flush an ice cube down the toilet?
Senior Carrigan Doble dislikes all of the above methods, instead endorsing something much simpler: think snow! If you think snow hard enough, she believes, it will hear your call and bless you with all of the snow days you require. This thinking snow can be augmented by a special song, but Carrigan refused to share it with this reporter, saying she was being put on the spot and that it was too embarrassing. Feel free to make your own snow song, and think snow as hard as you desire.
I have another cure for school which I feel is fairly unique. Many years ago, I painstakingly crocheted decorative snowflakes and hung them up around my room a week before exams. This was two years ago—the year that many people might remember as being one of the worst winters in recent history, including ice storms and over 30 snow days. I repeated the superstition last year, with similar success.
But whatever snow superstition you personally endorse, be aware of a few things that will guarantee snow the next day. If you make plans along the lines of ‘since it’ll snow tomorrow…’ know that schools WILL be open. In addition, a refusal to do homework based on the fact of snow will also make schools stay open. Such obviously desperate and optimistic thoughts disgust the snow sprites, and they will keep roads clear just to see your suffering.
Now that you have been newly educated about snow superstitions—as well as jinxes—you students may go out into the world with new hopes. As a writer, I beg of all of you to go out and put this education to use. With any hope, something will work!
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