Melissa and I can’t be the only LDS parents out there whose first reaction upon hearing that church has been cancelled due to bad weather is “Oh crap–what are we going to do with the kids all day?!?”
This is the second Sunday in a row that church has been cancelled because of winter weather. Last week, we made it through sacrament meeting (we’re now on the early schedule, with meetings beginning at 9am) before the stake presidency sent word that, with a possibly massive ice storm bearing down on us from the east, the rest of our church meetings and all other meetings that day would be cancelled. As it turned out, we got about an inch of sleet, to add to the two inches we’d received the day before–no ice. Kind of a pain to drive on, and difficult to shovel, but hardly the sort of storm that makes leaving the house dangerous. We thought the results of last week would make the stake presidency less likely to try to anticipate the weather. Nope–we received word that our church this morning was cancelled at 3pm yesterday, at which point we had received, on top of the sleet which hadn’t yet entirely melted away, an additional four or five inches of snow since it had started that morning. True, it was a genuine snowstorm…but again, not something that seemed to me an awesome deterent to getting to church, especially if home teachers and the Aaronic priesthood are out doing their jobs, shoveling parking lots and offering rides. But hey, it’s not my decision, and admittedly, the stake presidency has to think about rural congregations and people who have to travel a greater distance than we. So anyway, here we are, 9:15 in the morning, everyone awake, about six inches of snow on the ground, and a whole day to fill.
What do you do on snow Sundays, or it’s equivalent wherever you happen to live? Do you throw “Sunday rules” (if you have any, regarding dress or appropriate reading or playing or listening material) out the window, or do you attempt to maintain your Sabbath schedule as much as possible? We already usually have a “Sunday Spiritual Lesson” at home after church; today we’ll expand it, perhaps have a minature meeting with the sacrament and testimonies. Maybe we’ll use the blessings of a high-speed internet connection to watch a devotional on the church or BYU’s website. Likely the Sunday dress code won’t survive all day, especially since the snow outside looks great for building a snowman. It’s no big deal, really. It’s just that we kind of like our family’s “day of rest” rules, we like the way the sacrament and Primary and all the rest help us mark a different pattern for this one day a week. Having in essence two Saturdays in a row in replacement of church isn’t very appealing. As much as I may sometimes grumble about our meetings, I suspect we’re probably going to be missing them by the end of the day.