Snow day superstitions

Snow day superstitions

art by Sarah Nash

Maddie Meyers, features writer

“Hello, this is Ginger Cayce from the Kirkwood School District. School today is canceled because of inclimate weather.”  

When the snow day phone call comes, hundreds of students curl back in bed, while others turn to social media to celebrate. Every year, students await this call, and some even practice superstitions to summon a snow day. I am always up for a snow day, so I decided to put some of the superstitions to the test by trying a different superstition each night.

Tuesday: Yell “SNOW DAY” into freezer

On the evening of Jan. 15, I tried the superstition of  yelling “SNOW DAY” into the freezer. Even though I felt a little foolish, I was hopeful we would have a snow day. Maybe I did not use enough enthusiasm because we had school the next day. Even though the temperature never reached above 10 degrees and the sidewalks were icy, we still had to bundle up and go to class.

Wednesday: Wear PJs inside out

On the evening of Jan. 16, I tried the superstition of wearing my PJs inside out. Although this felt a little weird and itchy, it was an easy sacrifice to make for a snow day. The next morning I was not surprised to find out that we again had school. I think these superstitions are having the opposite effect because the temperature rose to 25 degrees and most of the ice melted.

Thursday: Put spoon under pillow

On the evening of Jan. 17, I tried the superstition of sleeping with a spoon under my pillow. Yet again, my alarm went off as usual, and I had to wake up for school. I do not know if it is me or the superstitions, but the temperature kept rising with a high of 46 degrees.

Friday: Snow dance

On the evening of Jan. 18, I tried the superstition of dancing outside with my PJs on inside out. I even wore shorts in the freezing cold and danced around like a fool in the dark, so hopefully no one saw me. Not to my surprise, my humiliating dance did not make it snow. In fact, the temperature reached 57 degrees.

Tuesday: Ice cubes down the toilet

On the evening of Jan. 22, I tried the superstition of flushing ice cubes down the toilet. I flushed five ice cubes because you are supposed to flush one cube for each inch of snow. Even though the weather cooled, there definitely was not 5 inches of snow. The high was 36 degrees and we still had school. I have one more day to get this right, but things were not looking too good.

Wednesday: Eat ice cream for dinner

On the evening of Jan. 23, I tried the superstition of eating ice cream for dinner. While I enjoyed the gooey peanut butter cups mixed in the creamy chocolate concrete, the superstition was not a success. The temperature reached 41 degrees, but there still was no snow.

Unfortunately, none of the superstitions caused a snow day. In fact, they had the opposite effect. The temperature rose and the snow melted. Well KHS, I do not know if we will receive the much desired snow day call, but you never know, there is hope for some snow Feb. 3 and 4. Maybe these superstitions will work for you.