Today is now on record as the second coldest day in Chicago because there was about an hour that it was -23F. If you followed the news or social media, you would think it was -23 the entire day but no, it was an hour. That's it. I am old enough to have been around in 1985 when the other really cold day happened. I was 9 years old at the time so I don't remember much but here is the Chicago Sun-Times front page. See that? The headline says, "Brave" and that most folks bundled up and kept moving. Really, the only person who should worry about a blizzard or cold snap is the Mayor. God help the person in office who doesn't handle it well.
I know I am being nostalgic and sounding as old as dirt when I say this but I miss the days when Chicagoans took pride in their thick skin and ability to put on long underwear and power through a cold day. I know that in 1985 the deep freeze (-27F) was on a Sunday but I guarantee my Mother had me in church. I also never, ever remember having school cancelled because it was cold. The fact that school was cancelled today and tomorrow, when it it supposed to be a balmy 0 degrees, is nuts to me. Last I checked, I am the Mother of my kid. If I determine if it's too cold for him to go to school (see never, ever), then I will keep him at home. Thank you Oak Park School District for parenting for me. Can you also cook dinner and help with homework? That would be lovely!