The Great Blizzard of 2006 left 8" of the white stuff in the Fredericksburg area, enough to close schools in our county for the day and require a one hour late opening on Tuesday. I can hear those of you who regularly get snow laughing out there... 8" is usually our average for the whole winter, so we are not as prepared as other locales.
Anyhow, the arrival of a snow day is a gift of the gods. Suddenly things are not as important as they were the day before and we are allowed more time to sleep, more time to spend with family, and more time to get those things done around that house that seem to fall behind when that same house is occupied by a teacher.
Lest you think that I spent the day as a total slouch, I was able to take care of planning and even organized my desk a bit. Will I be a better teacher for this? That remains to be seen.
The moral of the story here is that teachers should take the time to enjoy life when extra time is given. The job can be all-consuming if you allow it be. For most teachers, teaching is your life... but it should not be your whole life.