Friday, January 21, 2011

I wasn't expecting that...

In my head, I had my day planned. There was snow in the forecast for the overnight hours which we got. It wasn't much but all the schools in our area have a 2 hr. delay this morning. Except our home school district. They canceled. Ellen goes to a special class in a neighboring school. I got her up and made her breakfast. She got her coat on and we waited for the bus. And waited. And waited. I decided to give the school district a call to make sure they hadn't forgotten her. That happened once before. I was told that no bus service was available today because the district canceled classes. When school is canceled, they believe the roads are not safe and do not provide transportation to other schools. Uh, yes. I usually know this but the roads aren't bad today and I really do not believe that is why school was canceled. It never crossed my brain that she wouldn't have transportation today!

So why did Manheim Central cancel today? They were to have a half day. It wasn't a scheduled half day. But a tragic accident happened on Sunday taking the lives of 4 young men from the high school. There is a combined funeral service tonight. My guess it had nothing to do with the condition of the roads this morning and everything to do with not worth a two hour delay and early dismissal.  I can't blame the district for canceling. There are many grieving kids, teachers and families. I don't know any of the kids or the families but they have been in my prayers this week. It is a terrible tragedy. I came really close to losing a child once. Close -  That's not what these people are experiencing. They are experiencing loss. Life without a child has to be hard.

But, couldn't the district make an exception for today.....and provide transportation anyway???

Re-calculating, Re-calculating.

I'll be ok. I was looking forward to a day with just me in the house. I can still get done what I need to do. But I did tell Ellen that I don't want her to be jumping around dancing and cheering all day. I just do not think I can handle that. (explanation - Ellen loves to jump and dance and could do it all. day. long.... nuf said)

It WILL be a good day. Yes it will.
And please say a prayer for the hurting families.


Musicaljean said...

Sometimes I wonder how they ever will get back to real school again. It has to be a very challenging teaching environment.

Thank God for sparing Marcy's life in 1998. Things like this are just beyond explanation.

Theresa said...

Oh my heart is just breaking for those families! How tragic, I am so sorry! I'm praying for the familes and for the school! HUGS!