School = Zero for inclement weather

A recent e-mail brought in a picture of cuteness.
my peg loom knitted doll hats apparently were enthusiastically received for Christmas

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We have 5 inches of snow on the ground, with flurries still happening.  The wind is picking up, blowing snow across the sidewalk where a neighbor has already cleared with a snowblower.  I’ve never asked him to work on ours, since my doctor says I need more exercise, but I can tell he wasted fuel for his effort.  The snow ain’t over yet.

Schools all over the county are closed. Yippee  🙂

I had been on schedule today for a Pre-K class in a building at the farthest southside edge of the district.

When I got up to use the bathroom at 3:00 in the morning, I looked out at blowing snow and prayed that the school board would be reasonable.

Monday I was at a junior high, an announcement came 50 minutes after First Bell saying that a certain bus number had just arrived.
When a boy came into the room, he said he had waited in 11o temp, standing at his stop an extra 25 minutes, afraid to walk two blocks back home and get warm since he might miss the bus.  A girl told us she waited 28 minutes.  Her jeans were wet from snow up the back of her leg to the crook of her knee, outside of her boots.

Yesterday, at a junior high, my Sub notes said I had morning Bus Lane duty.  Even though there were floor mats just inside the doors, the amount of slush and wet got overwhelming further on in the hallway.

One girl slipped straight down, and I thought she bumped her head.  I instructed her friend to take her to the nurse’s office and watch for signs of concussion.  A boy wearing athletic shoes slipped, grabbing out onto another student’s backpack.  They both did a little dance to remain upright.

I called for the custodian on the walkie-talkie, but he was busy unloading a delivery truck for the cafeteria, so the Assistant Principal came down to use a mop and set out Wet Floor signs.  He was wearing regular shoes, and slipped a bit himself.

I can tell ya, it made me grateful for my new P.W. Minor shoe boots with the non-skid soles.
  I bought ‘em with the idea that I often do Job Coach with high school Work/Study students, so climbing on and off the schoolbus and being places which require close-toe shoes means I cannot be changing footwear for fashion statements.

They made themselves worth it so much that I might turn in the receipt to our accountant for tax returns.

Today seems like a good time to curl up and read a book.  I’ve been trying to get interested in one ever since the Amazon box landed on the porch, so today I gotta do it!

Reading a novel will distract my brain from thinking about son Lucas who is on airplanes and shuttle bus for most of today.  He says he will arrive late-late and I should be in bed by then, so expect him whenever he walks in the door.

As if this mother ever stops concern for her children….

~~love and Huggs, Diane

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5 Responses to School = Zero for inclement weather

  1. What a cute doll and hat! He looks all ready for another blizzard. (God Forbid.) The midwest certainly has had more than its share of winter storms and it is only the middle of January. Anyway, stay safe and wear those great shoes so you will not slip and slide.

    By now your son is safely home and I am sure you are enjoying his company.

  2. momma says:

    The hats are just adorable on those dollies. It has to make you proud that you made a child very happy with your handy work. I hope Lucas is home safe and sound. Even if no school means no money I still love hearing from you.

  3. Diane says:

    Lucas last e-mail says his flight is delayed, and that he hopes not so late that he misses the bus connection.

    Keep your fingers crossed, even if that makes it difficult to type.


  4. Pammie says:

    Even IF this is not easy to read-glad you’re home safe, sound and WARM! Baby, it’s a cold one here, too. This morning it was -4 degrees; have no idea of the wind chill with that. The doll hats look really great on the wearers; I’m sure that made the little girl really happy to have such a variety to choose from (love the twin dolls).
    As to a Mom ever stopping worrying about their child-I’m right there with ya. Youngest son was about 1/2 hour late getting home today (in this really cold weather) and I was slightly freaking. Turned out, since they had 1/2 day, he stopped at his friend’s house (about 6 houses down) to chat for a few…sigh.
    Hoping Lucas gets home safe & sound where I know you’ll keep him fed, warm and happy.

  5. Diane says:

    at 12:45 during the dark between Wednesday and Thursday, the shuttle bus from O’Hare finally arrived in front of the ISU Bone Student Center with Lucas on board

    he says the San Jose airport is not a great place to have to hang around when the airplane flight is delayed
    otherwise his trip was fine

    he microwaved many leftovers from the fridge, saying he hadn’t eaten anything since the plane on the first leg of his trip

    Today, Husband will be able to drive him onward to Urbana, since ISU classes are cancelled (which he found out After he got to his office)

    Thanks for your good vibes and prayers about safe travels.