I live in central North Carolina. Numerous jokes abound about how winter weather-namely in the form of snow and ice- can shut down the South. And it can. The infrastructures just aren’t set up for it and I’m fairly convinced that we only own about 3 snow plows for the entire state.
The past two weeks have seen our students attending school for 1.5 days. Yes, 1.5 days out of 10. My 2 boys still here at home and in school have watched movies, televisions shows, played in the snow, read, played on the computer, played indoor basketball and just about driven each other crazy at times. My oldest who is out of school this year, has sequestered himself in his room when he is home to avoid all us pesky folks who have been hanging out cramping his style. My other son was home last week as his residential high school was on trimester break. So it has been a house full of boys!
Our little gravel country road is still a mess of snow and ice. It never sees direct sun, so until it warms up for several days, it will stay that way. Tonight the phone rang and it was the school’s number. My heart stopped for a moment and I immediately thought “Please let there be school tomorrow!” I don’t just want my children out of the house (okay, maybe a little :-)). I want them to go learn. Not that they can’t do that here. But they actually enjoy the world that is school. They have great teachers. They are social beings. They play sports. We’re ready for a return to our regulary scheduled programming here.
As I see pictures (and Facebook posts) from the midwest and northeast, I realize how lucky we are that it has just been two weeks of this. I’m sending warm thoughts to my friends in far more wintry places. But, I’m still ready to send my kids to school tomorrow. Thank goodness for teachers! 🙂 I bet there are a lot of parents in a lot of places who appreciate us a little more after numerous snow days. That alarm tomorrow morning will be a sweet sound!