Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Should have been a snow day

Yesterday was a snow day. It’s rare that we get enough snow to close the schools, but yesterday we did. What doesn’t make sense, though, is that we have even more snow today and the schools are open. This is what our road looked like at 8:00 this morning:

Note our neighbor’s car, which got stuck when he tried to turn it around. It’s been snowing on and off since Saturday and we haven’t seen any sign of a salt truck or a plow on our street.

So who decided that it was a good idea to open the schools and cause thousands of cars to be on roads like these? Obviously not a mom. Is one day of instruction really worth the effort it will take to get all those kids to and from school, or the potential for bodily injury, since Vancouverites are notoriously bad drivers in the snow?

Lucky for me, my husband usually drops Child One off at school on the mornings he has early band practice. I sent Child Two with them, figuring that it would be a blessing to everyone if this particular driver wasn’t on the road. And also lucky for me, my husband has new, super-duper snow tires—the very ones I scoffed at when he bought them a month ago, thinking they were overqualified (and overly expensive) for his little 10-year-old car. Those are his super-duper tire tracks in the picture. He and the kids made it safely to school, but just. They almost got stuck twice on the way.

If the plow doesn’t come through before long, I will have to walk to the school to pick them up. We live within walking distance of the school on an ideal day. When the weather’s nice, it’s a strenuous but pleasant 20- to 25-minute walk, down a little hill, up a very steep hill, then down a very steep hill, then up another very steep hill. But today it will be a slog through the snow—about a foot deep in some places. Too bad I don’t have any snowshoes. I wonder if I can build a makeshift sled and harness the cats up to it?

On the funny side, when my kids grow up they can honestly say to their grandchildren, “When I was your age, I had to trudge through the snow to school, uphill both ways.”

We didn’t have mail delivery yesterday and it’s looking like we won’t have it today either. It’s torture for Child Two, who is patiently but desperately waiting for two birthday presents that haven’t arrived yet. And for somebody as postally obsessed as me, the lack of mail is even worse than the mountain-climbing expedition it’s going to take to get to the school.


Hayley Townley, Breast Cancer Survivor Extraordinaire! said...

I lived in Durango Colorado for 17 years (through my junior year of high school). I never ONCE got a snow day. We would go late, or get let out early, but school never got cancelled. When I moved to (gulp) Arkansas my senior year of high school, it snowed an inch and we were out of school for 3 days (which had to be made up during my summer!

I didn't have toast today, but if I had, I would have had StoneWall's Blueberry Jam. It's the rockingest jam - unless of course - Carmen makes you jam.

Mallu said...

I had margarine and cheese on my toast. I'm a Finn and I haven't got used to having jam on my toast. In fact, I don't even eat toast so often, because we have wonderful, tasty and wholesome ryebread here in Finland!

Well.. what else could I tell about us peculiar Finns? Oh yes, we do have snowplows! Lots and lots of plows! But not so much snow this winter. (Is the climate really getting warmer?)
And our children walk 25 minutes to school every day. Not uphill, though. ;-)