Tuesday, February 06, 2007


School was delayed for two hours today, due to "dangerously cold temperatures this morning."


I mean, I'm not complaining or anything. I think it's a great way to get a small break but not have to miss a whole day, a day which we might have to make up later in the year.

But have you ever heard of such a thing? I guess there are kids that stand at the bus-stop for a while before the bus gets there, so it'd be good to not have them waiting out in temperatures below 15 degrees. We're kinda spoiled. Since Nathan's bus stops right outside our house, when it's really cold I let Nathan stand at the door until the bus pulls up & then run out. Our bus also passes our house twice, so if he missed it the first time, or if she didn't stop & wait for him, he could go out & catch it the second time around.

I don't recall ever having school days delayed for cold temperatures when I was a kid!! And I walked to school when I was in elementary school (not barefoot, but there was definitely a rather large hill to walk up on my way home)!

I was also glad for Dan that he got the chance to sleep in a little (though instead of sleeping in a long time, he got up still somewhat early to get some work done that he'd otherwise have to do after school). I sorta wonder if it's hard for teachers to plan a day that's shortened. Maybe it's harder to squeeze in all you have to do. Or maybe the children are extra rowdy from the excitement of having a shorter day, so it's harder to keep the class in control.

Another one:

I was noticing on the calendar that is in Nathan's folder that the teacher has on February 19, "School Closed for Virginia Heroes Day."


I haven't looked into that, maybe some of you could help me out. When did President's Day get changed to Virginia Heroes Day?? I think the folks in New Jersey might think that's a bit strange, don't you? I'm kidding, of course!

But, seriously, what is this Virginia Heroes Day?

And, finally, I leave you with a very silly email my friend sent me this morning. Hope it's new to some of you ...

The Shoe Box
A man and woman had been married for more than 60 years. They had shared everything. They had talked about everything. They had kept no secrets from each other except that the little old woman had a shoe box in the top of her closet that she had cautioned her husband never to open or ask her about.

For all of these years, he had never thought about the box, but one day the little old woman got very sick and the doctor said she would not recover. In trying to sort out their affairs, the little old man took down the shoe box and took it to his wife's bedside. She agreed that it was time that he should know what was in the box.

When he opened it, he found two crocheted dolls and a stack of money totaling $95,000. He asked her about the contents.

"When we were to be married," she said, "my grandmother told me the secret of a happy marriage was to never argue. She told me that if I ever got angry with you, I should just keep quiet and crochet a doll."

The little old man was so moved; he had to fight back tears. Only two precious dolls were in the box. She had only been angry with him two times in all those years of living and loving. He almost burst with happiness.

"Honey," he said, "that explains the dolls, but what about all of this money? Where did it come from?"

"Oh," she said, "that's the money I made from selling the dolls."


Trey Morgan said...

What? Just because it was cold? Come on.

When I was a kid I walked 5 miles upill both directions, in the snow. I had to carry my little brother and sister on my back, so I didn't have room to carry my lunch, so I ate it before I left the house that morning...

My kids hate that story. They're no fun.

SO, how cold was it there that they delayed? Never hear of a "cold delay."

Lisa said...

I knew someone would come back with that walking-to-school story, and that it would be a Dad!!

I think the temperature was around 15 degrees when we got up. It's about 20 degrees now.

Trey Morgan said...

That's it? 15? Maybe if it was -15 below or somthing.

Oh, and I'm really a second generation dad. SO, to be honest I should say that I rode my bike up hill both ways, and didn't have a cell phone so I just carried a tin can with a string on it .... ha

Lisa said...

What's a "second generation" Dad? Do you mean there were no Dads before yours?


Yeah, we didn't have cell phones when we were kids ... come to think of it, I still don't have a cell phone! Man, kids these days have so much stuff.

I really did walk to school.

By the way, my husband reminded me that it probably had more to do with the wind than with the actual temp. The wind around here really is pretty gusty & it literally hurts your face.

Trey Morgan said...

I actually read in the paper about the school delays in the north.

Second generation dad means I'm an 80's child ... I wasn't really born in a barn, I never milked a cow on a cold morning and I never hoed cotton ... stuff like that.

But I did have 8-track tapes and a cool pair of parachute pants. ha

Marie said...

That is funny! I have never head of school being delayed for it being too cold. But I wouldn't want any kid standing when there is a negative wind chill. The bus Caleb will catch is right outside our house, too. I can't wait till he starts school, so I can see him off on the bus.

I have no walking up the hill story in snow- I lived in Florida. :) Very few hills and snow once every 10-15 years.

Love the shoe box story! Man- if I could crochet- and kids counted in that frustration- we could have all student loans paid off and possibly the house!! Naw- I don't think I have been upset that many times.

the third of its kind... said...

I hated that hill, and I remember in middle school chasing the bus a time or two, or having to get a ride for missing it. including the time mom accidently ran over my big toe with the ugly gold toyota van...
virginia heros? sounds like a bunch of hopla to me...

Tanya said...

There was a wind chill advisory in effect until 9 am this morning so I think that was the reasoning for the 2 hour delay. Probably mostly for the children who have to stand out at the bus stop. The high school and middle schools start early then the elementary schools.

Not sure why it is called Virginia Heros Day. I thought it was for President's Day!??

Pat said...

I actually was talking to a woman from Michigan today who said children in her town (she's in FL for the winter) had two days OFF because of the cold weather. Apparently their town is only 24 sq miles - many children walk to school and it is felt that it was too cold to walk (17 degrees, I think she said, and I'm guessing windy, too). I DO know there were many southern NJ days where children had indoor recess because it was too cold. I say, bundle the little munchkins up and send them out! They need the exercise and teachers need the break.)

PS - read my blog today. We helped with Disaster Relief - kinda cool.

Bob Bliss said...

I heard of two different school systems closed today because of cold temperatures. Your cousin Kevin (lives in Minot, ND) got a call to not come in to work, it was minus 50 degrees wind chill.

That's a cute story but I heard it about a preacher and his wife. She had the same shoe box. On her death bed when she opened it and it contained $90,000.00 and 3 eggs. She told her husband that she would put an egg in the shoe box every time he had a boring sermon. He thought, that's great there are only three eggs. So he asked about the money. She said whenever I got a dozen eggs I sold them and put the money in here.

Now you have another preacher joke.

jonandjen said...

LOVE the story, have to say. Made me and Jonathan both laugh.

I wouldn't mind having school and work cancelled due to the cold temps here. Two nights ago it was -30 wind chill and it is CRAZY to be out in that weather. Today it snowed and it was 0 degrees. I mean, I never knew that weather could really be this cold and this biting. And I'm with Marie, as a FL girl I had no clue that this kind of weather existed.

And VA heroes day? Have no idea. But Chicago proper takes more days for all their special people that it is a wonder that students actually go to school any of the days of the school year. Every time I turn around they are celebrating someone else's day.

Anonymous said...

I hear there is talk of a bill being introduced in regards to temperatures,(hot & cold). If above a certain degree and no air, then no school, if below a certain degree and ? no school. Times are a changing. Next thing we know the school day will be 2 hours longer and half days on Saturday. At the school I work at we have an extended day program until 4:30 and a PEACE program until 6:30.
As far as the Virginia Hero's, maybe because so many Presidents came from Virginia. Who knows? Stay warm darling. Love, Aunt Dawn

Bob Bliss said...

I wonder if they ever cancel school here in Florida because it's too hot?