“A Recipe for a Perfect Snowday”
One vast lake
A polar vortex
The ghosts of Western New York blizzards past: Irv Weinstein, Jimmy Griffin, Susan Banks, mixed with today’s Andy Parker, Kevin O’Connell, and Mary Alice Demsler*
- A smattering of Twitter and a whole lot of Facebook
- Boards games, dress up clothes, cookbooks, kindles, movies, and a little television
- Hot chocolate
- Mix one ominous sky mixed with some lake effect snow sunshine and sub-zero cold.
- Prime the parents and children of Western New York to incite a rush to the grocery store; children unable to settle back into school after a long break; and create a celebratory/manic feeling in the air.
- An hour before school lets out, stir up the winds and start the white out machine
- After everyone is home safely, reduce the visibility completely.
- Start reminiscing about past snowstorms.
- Post blizzard warnings
- Make the winds howl!
- Notify parents there is no school; parents electively tell children the night before or wait and increase the excitement by telling them in the morning.
- Sleep on it; wake up to the same weather conditions as the night before.
- Keep children and parents home together.
- Issue travel bans.
- Make popcorn and hot chocolate for breakfast.
- Allow for extra television and kindle time than normally allowed.
- Parents sneak off and read a book
- Get the board games and dress up clothes out.
- Play and read away the hours, while glancing outside.
- Call distant relatives and tell them it’s “blizzarding” here.
- Reduce their five inches of snow to nothing.
- Eat macaronic and cheese when not eating popcorn.
- Repeat the following day.