Snow Day or S'No Snow Day

Clannad Snow

In light of the recent heavy snowfalls in the United States/Canadian areas, of course American produced podcasts have been covering it to an extent. I’ve had a friend in South Carolina lose electricity to her home for days and have to move to live with her grandmother, or in a hotel until the power came back. Schools closed, businesses closed. People in Atlanta got stuck on the roads as everyone flooded them on the way home.

In Australia where it doesn’t snow though (much, apart from places such as Thredbo and Jindabyne), my parents breathed a sigh of relief at not having to endure such frosty weather. Whenever we suggest visiting our relatives in Canada, my parents immediately baulk at visiting in Winter, although it is the best time in our year, given my brother and I are on Summer (here) Holidays. This also means that we hardly ever have schools or businesses close because of the weather however.

Even if storms are particularly bad, I’ve never had an experience where class was cancelled. In fact the only instance I can think of where class was cancelled was last year when the water main near UTS burst and affected electrical wiring in Building 5 and Building 6, causing it to be shut down for a few days to around a week. Not even a crane catching fire can stop UTS students from attending class!

I’ve often wished in the past amidst the sweltering hot Australian summer days that the heat wave would be enough encouragement for teachers and other official-like people to close schools and give us relief from the stuffy classrooms where we only had overhead spinning fans for comfort, however it’s never the case. As a bonus, we don’t have winter to fall back on, even though I’d always thought it was easier to keep warm than keep cool (something that doesn’t work that well in practice, admittedly).

While American children are wishing for and occasionally moaning over not receiving a snow day, as an Australian child I feel even a spot of envy that they have the possibility at all. But then, it’s not the same for everyone — imagine walking to school in almost 60 centimetres of snow!