I teach in a school in a Northern state, but usually we do not get snow until at least November. We'll get a dusting around Thanksgiving, for example, but our first serious snowfalls don't start until December or January.
Well, this past Wednesday we actually got a dusting of snow in the middle of October. As I drove to work, I watched the little bits of snow turn to water when they hit the ground. It didn't last more than an hour at the most and there wasn't any significant accumulation.
However, you would have thought the world had come to a screeching halt as far as the kids were concerned!
"Mrs. Gumby...snow!", announced a young student as he walked into the school.
"That's the first snow I've ever seen!", said a new student from Bangladesh. Etc., etc., etc.
As I stood just inside the entrance to the school fulfilling my weekly hall duty requirement, I started noticing the footwear on children's feet. Yes, I started seeing pair after pair of snow boots! (Hello, people! It was just a dusting of snow! There is no reason to send your students to school with snow boots on their feet in October!)
All day long I passed children clomping down the halls. Clomp. Clomp. Clomp. I saw pink boots, sparkly boots, Ugg boots, heavy duty boots with snaps, etc.
Sigh. These boots were NOT made for walking!! Please leave them at home.
Clomp. Clomp. Clomp.