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What If Texas Kids Got Spring Vacation Instead of Summer?Back in the aughts, after living in sunny Southern California and balmy Central Texas for almost two decades, our family moved to Chicago for my husband’s job. We arrived on the first day of December, and the temperatures were bitter. Adapting to life in a new climate was difficult. With a toddler to wrangle and a baby on the way, we were dismayed to discover that gearing up in coats, mittens, hats, boots, and scarves to leave the house took ages. Lumbering my marshmallow-shaped bundle of a son into a car seat, warming the car, and clearing the windows of ice meant we set off for any excursion a full hour early. We brought our baby daughter home from the hospital in late April in a…

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