I grew up in the late 80’s/early 90’s in New York City. In my entire NYC public school career I had a total of one snow day. It was in 1996 and I was a sophomore at F.H. Laguardia High School. We took the opportunity to go sledding in Riverside Park on the lids of garbage cans.
The truth was no matter what the weather conditions were outside, the New York City public school system did not care. We had to go to school no matter what. So this impromptu snow day in 1996 was quite a shock.
Fast forward to 2015. My son is in the first grade at a New York City public school. Rumor was going around that schools were going to close on Tuesday. Whenever this came up I laughed my ass off.
“There’s no way in hell they’re closing New York City public schools. That shit is not happening.”
When I got a text from Wil with a screenshot of the announcement that New York City public schools were closed for a snow day I almost fainted. Frankly, I think we’ve gone soft. No matter what the weather conditions were, when I was a child you got your ass to school.
These NYC kids in 2015 do not understand how good they have it. When kids upstate in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester were getting snow days left and right we were miserable trudging through snow piles to get ourselves to school.
I don’t know what to say. I guess pigs can fly because New York City public schools closed today for a snow day.