Gack...what a nutty day. I had to take the Girl to her doctor's appointment this morning at 8 am. We left the house in what should have been plenty of time. It had already started snowing, but nothing much, just an inch or two on the ground. The roads were slippery and we got there within the time alloted, and finished up her appointment in time to get her to school by 10. On the way we saw a minivan slip off the road and had to call 911. The car was full of kids, too. We were slipping and sliding on the road on the way back. Totally not safe driving, even for a good snow driver like I am. Dropped her off and went straight home only to get stuck going up our hill. The car was slipping and sliding and I KNEW I shouldn't have driven, but I eventually made it up the hill after battling it for at least 10 minutes and made it home. Everything was uneventful until the Boy arrived home a bit late, having had to walk up the hill as his bus couldn't make it. He was wet and tired and grouchy, and woke me up from a sound sleep with a litany of complaints. Nothing on TV except the news, screaming about the weather.
Looking out the window right before the Girl's school let out, I realized it was a complete whiteout and that there was no way I could either get her at school, or have her walk home. She called to tell me she was going to take a bus that was close by, but the busses hadn't come yet, and all the kids were waiting in the gym watching a movie. Then she called again an hour later to tell me that the busses still hadn't arrived. I was getting angrier and angrier at the superintendent, who should have called school early on, so this wouldn't have happened. At 4:50 pm she arrived home soaking wet, having walked a few blocks from the bus. She was 2 hours late and she was exhausted from walking through a foot of snow. No taxi's were running and nobody's moms were picking kids up because of the weather. We had a foot of snow in little under 4 hours. It was a complete mess.
But that's not even the worst of it. My friend's daughter got on a bus that skidded into a tree. They sent a second replacement bus and that one broke down in the snow. They then sent a third bus that got stuck in the snow and she ended up getting a ride home from the police. What kind of ridiculous school policy is it to put kids in such danger in order to keep the schools open? I am livid. But not nearly as livid as my friend. We'll be on the phone to the superintendent's office first thing, believe me. This never should have happened.
We finally got plowed out about an hour ago, but tomorrow is an inside the house, drink hot coco and watch old movies kinda day. No way am I going out in that mess.
Sunday we're going to the dog show, but we're taking the Ride. They can deal with the roads. Stumble It! JBlog Me