As kids, when snow starts to fall, a good number of us will wait with bated breath, fingers crossed, just to hear the word of school closings. Any snow day usually come as a special treat and an unexpected holiday.
Generally, this year, it has been difficult to keep sight of the simple joys of life; however, in Jefferson County, West Virginia, Bondy Shay Gibson, who is a school superintendent always considered the bigger picture and what truly matters.
Once she heard of a major snowstorm forecasted for her district, Gibson took the initiative to close the schools, but also needed to remind her community that nourishing the spirit is sometimes just as important as fueling the intellect.
She posted to Facebook reminding parents to simply enjoy this time and let their kids just be kids quickly snowballed in popularity. In just few days, her post garnered 17,000 shares.
Read her post below:
For generations, families have greeted the first snow day of the year with joy. It is a time of renewed wonder at all the beautiful things that each season holds. A reminder of how fleeting a childhood can be. An opportunity to make some memories with your family that you hold onto for life.
… It has been a year of seemingly endless loss and the stress of trying to make up for that loss. For just a moment, we can all let go of the worry of making up for the many things we missed by making sure this is one thing our kids won’t lose this year.
So please, enjoy a day of sledding and hot chocolate and cozy fires. Take pictures of your kids in snow hats they will outgrow by next year and read books that you have wanted to lose yourself in, but haven’t had the time. We will return to the serious and urgent business of growing up on Thursday, but for tomorrow—go build a snowman.Bondy Shay Gibson
For sure, snowstorms will come and go; however, creating memories with loved ones could last forever.