Anyone with a grandparent who reminisces about walking five miles to school, uphill both ways, knows that people sometimes exaggerate the hardships they faced in their youth. Still, we can trust the basic facts about life a century and a half ago: School was open, even the day after a snowstorm. Getting to school was very difficult without the technologies we have now. School was cold once you got there. And, yes, by comparison, today we’re all wimps.
And I guess I’m one of those “grand-geezers” with similar memories. As a pre-teen I delivered 80-some newspapers at 5AM in the dark, with a foot of snow on the ground and more coming down, and my snot freezing solid on the muffler I had wrapped across my face. Then I walked to school.
I’ve given it some thought, and I can’t recall school ever being closed for winter weather when I was in grade or junior high school. It may have happened, but I really don’t remember it.