I have a feeling most of you in other parts of the US are not going to sympathize with me this time, but I will blunder through my tale anyway. One of my favorite things about living in Texas is the winters. Normally we’ll have a few cold days each winter and if we’re lucky even see snow once or twice–always an occasion to write home…er uh blog about!! We, like most of the US have had an unusually cold winter, but I’m not complaining. Besides loving our usually mild winters I love that as a homeschool mom I don’t have to get out and drive when we do get snow.
My problem was that we had a surprisingly big snow on my one day that the kids have “school.” We pay for them to go to a one day a week program that is run kind of like a Christian school. They get to do things that I’d rather not do at home, and I get to do things that I’d rather not do with them, like shopping, errands, and doctor’s appointments. So what Texas homeschooling mom in her right mind would get out in this? Me! Though whether or not I’ve ever been in my right mind is certainly debatable!
So we set out on our journey. It took me twenty minutes to go the half mile to school. Yes, half mile! Had it been any farther I probably would have not braved it, but it was just a half mile. Texas is just not prepared for snow and ice I tell ya, and neither are the drivers!
But I made it! School wasn’t cancelled. They were all there, and I headed home to get some silence. Then, and here’s my hard luck story, I received an email to go pick up the kids early. What? No, it couldn’t be right! I even called to see if there was a mistake. But alas I had to pick up the kids early, evidently teachers that were there wanted to go home–I couldn’t imagine why! So I got back in my van and almost slid into an intersection hitting a semi, but I stopped in time, so it’s all good. My kids cried that they had to come home early. I cried with them! We made it home, the half mile back in the snow. So that’s my sad tale. Don’t you feel sorry for me? Didn’t think so! 😉
I would feel sorry for ME if you were in Iowa, and I was behind you 😉
Seriously – Iowans drive like they’ve never seen snow before, and we’ve had it 3 times in the last 10 days.
But, I told Dave this is the winter that should’ve been our first in Texas. It would’ve been a fabulous “Welcome to Texas” for us! Oh well. We’re loving the Iowa winter (well…I am. He’s not super crazy about it.)
(By the way…he still hasn’t even started looking for a job, but he’s kind of set on Tyler. We’ll just have to see where the Lord leads us and when He leads us there.)
Girl, I would not have even braved getting out in that! We haven’t seen that much snow and ice and it’s hard to believe that you are so close, but the weather is so different!
This put a smile on my face. It must be a totally different experience to live in a place where it seldom snows. I enjoyed reading it.
Jeni Hardin says
Sorry…not feeling bad for ya! 🙂 🙂 🙂 We’re buried under at least a foot of snow and it. just. keeps. coming. SIGH…such is the case when you live in NE Ohio! 🙂 But, I know the South isn’t prepared for such things as snow and ice. It’s treacherous driving our roads and we ARE prepared for it! I can’t imagine otherwise!!!
The kids are grown with kids of their own. But, I haven’t been able to leave the house for a week.
This is due to ice that accumulated on my drive from the snow and freezing rain. 🙁
I really don’t want to spend the money but, a 4 wheel drive vehicle might be in my future.
Instead of feeling sorry for you. I feel thankful that you are safe at home.
Yet, I fully understand the disappointment of missing out on the quiet time.
Too, the kids missing out on their day to socialize with peers. 🙁