When my students returned from lunch yesterday, they noticed I had posted an "extra homework assignment" on our announcement board.
"Extra homework!" exclaimed Michelle, outraged.
"Read it," I encouraged.
"Sleep with your pajamas inside out and hope for a snow day," she read. Her mouth dropped open and she turned to me. "You're crazy!" she said.
Who knows where the legend of the inside-out pajamas (and don't forget the spoon) came from, but I am proud to announce that I participated last night -- in fact, Mr. Brave complained that he rolled over in the middle of the night and got jabbed with the spoon (I had neglected to read the part where the spoon goes under your pillow). When my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, and I in my inside-out snowflake pajamas trudged into the living room, Mr. Brave was waiting for me.
"Don't get too excited," he said, "but I think they might have just closed the schools."
The announcement came, he said, exactly as my alarm was going off. And after I returned to bed for another three glorious, snuggly hours, I ascertained through Facebook that a number of my co-workers had participated in the exact same ritual: inside-out pajamas, spoon and all.
"You can all thank me on Monday," I posted. Until then, I wish all my hard-working educator colleagues a well-deserved three-day snoweekend!