Happy Mother’s Day

2014-05-11 18:14:27.000 – Ryan Knapp,  Weather Observer/Meteorologist

Our reminder for today.

When we work up here for a week at a time, the days sometimes meld together and it is sometimes easy to lose track of what day it actually is. It is tough enough keeping track during the days, but when you work nights like I do, one day literally runs into the next and by the time I wrap my head around it all, I am heading back down. In the off-season, losing ourselves in the week is fine but with summer around the corner, there is a lot more going on and staying on top of the day of the week is essential. To assist us in our planning, each Wednesday we put a rough schedule together on our meeting agenda. This schedule isn’t set in stone by any means, but it at least gives us a loose track of what we need to plan for on the calendar to stay ahead of things. If it is a really important event, my shift will make various post-it notes for a reminder – which was the case for today.

A few days ago, my coworker Kaitlyn remembered that Mother’s Day was coming up this Sunday and created a post-it note for her computer to remind her/me as the day approached. With Mother’s Day finally here, we can finally take down the post-it and say, Happy Mother’s Day! Our Mothers taught us many valuable lessons required to work on the summit of Mount Washington. They first taught us “peak”-a-boo, a game the mountain constantly plays with us as we go in and out of the fog. They first taught us the initial tools to talk, something that we use daily to relay who we are, what we do, and what the weather is doing and will do. They taught us how to dress appropriately, because dressing in nothing but diapers and a cape can only go so far, especially in such a harsh environment like we have (however, that isn’t to say we haven’t seen guests dress like that up here before!). They also taught us that when we are knocked down, we need to pick ourselves back up and try again whether it is walking around the living room as an infant or walking around the Observation Deck in 100 mph winds as an adult.

I am sure there are many more, too many to certainly count and write about in one Observer Comment. Therefore, I’ll take this time to say a huge Thank You and Happy Mother’s Day to my mom! And Happy Mother’s Day to all those moms out there reading this comment – Thank You too and hope you are having or had a wonderful Mother’s Day!


Ryan Knapp,  Weather Observer/Meteorologist

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