And a great example of why kids think adults are idiots. I’ve got 5th graders this week and next week, and yesterday before dismissal I gave them the big speech about “don’t count on a snow day, it’s going to be rain and then change to snow much later in the day, so do your homework.” Fast forward 14 hours, we have an impressive amount of sleet and a day off. I’m sure their parents also said, “She may be a substitute, but your teacher is right, now do your homework.”
Now, while I’m sure some of the kids are happy they have the day totally free to do whatever they want because they did their homework last night, I’m quite certain there is a large segment of the student population thinking, “WHY did I bother with my homework last night??? The adults didn’t know ANYTHING.”
This is why Jack Weinberg said, “Don’t trust anyone over 30.”
During the break in the weather this afternoon, I headed up to the market. We need milk. Not because it is snowing, but because we are out of milk as of today – I would have been hitting the store no matter what. However, it would seem that a LOT of people in the neighborhood had the exact same idea of taking advantage of the weather pause.
Now, when I am at the store and I know we’ve got snow coming, I find I can’t just get the one or two things that are on my list. All semblance of good nutrition and meal planning go completely out the window. I suddenly want things absolutely crammed with fat, calories, carbohydrates and any other thing that is particularly unhealthy. It’s like I’m bit possessed as I roam the aisles. Fixings for cheese dip! More stock for cheese grits! Mexican cheese for tacos for dinner! Decent tortillas!! (Why I bought Piñata tortillas the last time I was out is beyond me.) Kielbasa! Potatoes! Cinnamon bread for French toast! Taquitos! Mini chocolate frosted donuts! (Those just appeared in my cart. I don’t know how they got there. Some 3 year old must have tossed them in and run away.)
Knowing that this nutritional debacle was looming ahead for the next 24 hours, I did at least have a salad for lunch.
In other snow related thoughts, I have found that in my role as substitute teacher, I am happy to defend snow days. Yes, I do like the bonus day off – I am human after all. Yes, I know it totally screws up things for parents, especially with so many families with both parents working. However, I am fairly certain that on days like this, the Superintendent doesn’t get up at 4AM and dial VDOT for road conditions thinking, “Let’s see how many people I can completely and utterly inconvenience today!”
There are employees that are already en route to work by 5AM, so they’ve got to make the call by 4:30. If the roads are crap, they can push it back 2 hours if they really think things will improve, but if it’s still crap at 6:30 – the day is done. Lots of teens drive themselves to work. Do you enjoy being on the road with 17 years olds on a GOOD day, much less in sleet? I didn’t think so. :)
I was up at 6:30 this morning – still too much sleet to be safe at that point, and I’m sure it was much worse out in the western part of the county. We had some rain in the middle of the day today, but it’s just now turned to a snow/sleet mix again – right when the buses would be back on the roads trying to get the elementary school kids home. I think the closing was a good call today.