Thursday, January 9, 2014

Polar Vortex

What a huge mess!

Needless to say, BizTown is now off the table for tomorrow. We have a two-hour delay, and the kids truly need to have a full day of school to be able to get the full experience.

Yes, this means you will have to fill out yet a third permission slip for this same trip. It's all a Mother Nature thing.

It's nuts, but it is all valid. The school closings are closed because the roads are not safe right now. Tomorrow's delay should be enough to stave off the travel troubles long enough to get everyone safely to school. And yes, I believe that we should have to make up the days we need to make up. Teachers have enough trouble cramming all of our curriculum into the days we have the way it is.

Tomorrow will be a day where we will try to get a little business done, some learning, and a little decompression after three weeks being apart.

I'm sorry if I get a bit personal for a minute, but we are a society that loves its drama. To quote Garrison Keillor for a second time this week, here are some of his words that came to mind as I checked in to Facebook to read first world "horror stories" about how empty the bread shelves and the milk refrigerators were, to read about how awful it was that we have to make up our snow days, and how ridiculous the superintendents are. If you stop to think about it, a superintendent cannot win on a snow day. That takes about two seconds of thought, but evidently it's two seconds too long for the vast majority of posters and, I would assume, Tweeters.

Growing up in a place that has winter, you learn to avoid self-pity. Winter is not a personal experience, everybody else is as cold as you, so you shouldn’t complain about it too much. You learn this as a kid, coming home crying from the cold, and Mother looks down and says, “It’s only a little frostbite. You’re okay.” And thus you learn to be okay. What’s done is done. Get over it. Drink your coffee. It’s not the best you’ll ever get but it’s good enough.    –Garrison Keillor

So we have to make up some of our snow days. So when you went to the store to get bread and milk, all of the "crazy people" had already taken all the bread and milk (give that one two seconds...). I'm not speaking to any of my homeroom parents that I know of, but I'm sure many of you read it this week.

That's all. Let's hope next week is better. But if not, we just have to keep in mind that it's winter. It's not a personal experience.

No comments: