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By Ann Arbor Miller, Published March 16 2009

In View: "Snow Day"

The Thielman kids were tucked in for the night.

While Mason, 7, slept peacefully in the lower bunk, his brother, Charlie, 9, remained awake above. A simple question was on his mind.

“Do we have school tomorrow?,” Charlie asked his mom when she checked on the boys sometime after 8 p.m. on a recent Monday.

“No, you can sleep in,” replied his mom. Laurie Thielman – like many Fargo parents – had received a phone message indicating schools would close the next day due to an impending blizzard.

However, no one slept late when morning came.

“They were too excited,” said Laurie, whose three children are pictured above: Charlie, left, Mason and 4-year-old Emelia.

A snow day is no big deal for Emelia, who spends most days at home in her mother’s care.

That’s not the case for Mason and Charlie. The boys typically spend their weekdays attending second and fourth grade, respectively. They were thrilled to have an unexpected day away from their studies at Horace Mann Roosevelt in north Fargo. Puzzles, art projects and brief outdoor outings occupied their hours.

While the boys know they’ll make up for the snow day next month, they both agree spending an entire day at home in their pajamas is well worth it.

In View: "Snow Day"

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“In View” is a photo column by Fargo-based photojournalist Ann Arbor Miller focusing on everyday people and places in our community. Look for it Mondays in The Forum.

To suggest future column ideas, e-mail annarbormiller [at] gmail [dot] com.