This was the scene outside my door around 6am this morning. I didn't think to check my schoolboard's website because in the almost 20 years I've been teaching I can count the number of snow days on one hand - I don't even need all five fingers. So while Michael cleared the snow I got ready. While navigating the treacherous roads (where the heck have the snow plows been all night) I hear on the radio that all the buses are cancelled and all the schools are closed. The excitement starts to build. Not trusting my ears however I keep driving. Weather, traffic and news are going to be updated in two minutes. Maybe they'll say "just kidding" or maybe they'll tell me once again that the schools are closed. I'll really listen carefully this time so
I don't make a mistake. Thoughts of sitting all cosy with the newspaper and coffee in my lazy boy at home mingle with thoughts of students arriving to an empty classroom.
Putting on my best "listening ears" tee hee I listen to the news and I am rewarded!! No buses are running and schools are CLOSED for the day!!
I turn trusty Cora around and head for home. Along the way I stop at the 24 hour Metro store and pick up two, yes two newspapers and a few other necessities for snowed in people - coffee, orange juice, yogurt, bagels etc. just in case I can't get out again tomorrow yuck yuck!!
I was very happy with how Cora managed in all the snow. I didn't see any plows along my drive - even the main roads were clogged with snow and I saw cars stuck here and there.
But I arrived home safely to a shovelled out parking spot - thank you Michael - and then guess what I did?? I logged into my school board's website just to triple check!! Being a visual person I can't really trust what I've heard, I have to SEE it with my eyes and there it was - all schools are closed today.
Now I can finally relax. I've made a big pot of coffee, my feet are up, I have both the Globe and Mail and the National Post, the Christmas tree lights are on and all is well with the world!!
Bruce looks pretty good doesn't he, although he seems MUCH LARGER in our living room than he did out in the field:)
Today is a day that all parents with school age children dislike, but that kids and especially their thrilled teachers LOVE!
MY FIRST GIFT OF THE SEASON!