Ever since my cousin, Kris, was in the weather business, I have joked that those weathermen and women have the best jobs. They never have to be right. They get to make their best guess and oh well, if it is wrong. But come on now. Last night the weatherman was predicting that there would be sleet and some slick conditions this morning, so our district followed other districts as they cancelled school for today. Now don't get me wrong, I am glad they made the decision last night before I headed to bed rather than after I was up and dressed for the day. But as the evening progressed and it became morning, there was nothing on the ground or coming down that would have prevented us from going to school. The temperatures are frigid for central Texas for sure. Around mid morning it began to precipitate a bit but it amounted to nothing. I am not complaining about a day off, especially when it makes for a long weekend. I have enjoyed playing board games with my son and husband all day and hanging out in my pjs. I just think it is interesting when you look across the country. Some places wouldn't even consider closing school for a day like this or any other day in which we have cancelled or delayed. It's all about your environment and what we are prepared to deal with. I can remember walking to school in frigid temperatures and snow as how as my boots in Iowa. I remember one year my dad had to shovel out a pathway in our alley from the garage to the street in order to get the car out. Rarely did we get a school cancellation in the winter. This has been the craziest weather in Austin this year. My daughter, Lauren, who began her student teaching this semester, mentioned that in the four weeks thus far, she has only had one full week, because of these cancellations and delays. I can't wait to read the book Recess at 20 Below to my kids and compare the idea of recess in Alaska to recess in Texas. They will not believe that kids can play outside in Alaskan winters. It was in the high 20's yesterday and we kept them inside for recess. Craziness all around! If you live somewhere other than Central Texas, tell me about your weather this winter. Have you missed much school?
I am a first grade teacher and I am so excited to participate in this project with my colleagues.