Friday, January 16, 2009

YOWZA!

Well, I got a phone call around 7 last night letting me know my son's school would be closed today. That means I have a little extra time this morning, since I don't have to drive him to school. And, what am I doing with that time? Sleeping an extra half hour? Doing some dishes maybe? Laundry? NO! I'm reading freakin' blogs!!! I need help....

I've been up for a while now, and the temp is all the way up to
-17 right now. God, I hope my babies stay home today! Not for me, but for them. Just about all of them walk to school. It's too cold for them to be out there even for 5 minutes. Oh, I forgot to share this the other day...

Tuesday morning, my little darling that I call "David" came to school, hung up his things, and went straight to his seat. Doesn't sound like a big deal, right? Well, for David it is, because he's usually a little bundle of energy, and likes to run around the room, and generally just makes a lot of commotion. When I realized he was in his seat, I took a good look at him, and noticed his face was slowing screwing up tighter and tighter. I asked, "What's wrong, David?" and he immediately burst into tears and held up his hands. I knew right away what the problem was. His hands were cherry red, and ice cold. We've all experienced that horrible burning/itching feeling of being on the verge of frost bite (don't they call that frost nip?). My poor baby! I grabbed his hands between mine, and instinctively started rubbing, but then remembered you aren't supposed to do that. I took him over to my sink and turned the warm water on, and let him put his hands in there. As I was helping him, D.B. comes in holding up one of HIS hands, and is already crying. So, I took his coat and stuff off, and had him go stand in the sink with David. What a way to start the day! At the end of the day, I dug through my lost & found box, and made sure they both had gloves to wear home. Neither one of them came yesterday.

Today is far colder than it was yesterday, so I wonder how many kids I'll have. Chicago Public School NEVER close, but the kids don't always come. I'm pretty sure I posted about this last winter, but our charming mayor basically went on TV last winter and said that we (teachers) are basically babysitters. He tried to explain why CPS never closes, and said something to the effect of how the parents who work need somewhere for their children to go during the day. Oh, ok, I see! Thanks for clearing that up for me. So, I spent years of my life and 10s of thousands of dollars on my education so that I can babysit! Yeah, thanks. Oh, and by the way, OUR PARENTS DON'T WORK!!! Only one mom from my room, and two dads work. I know this for a fact. Now, obviously, this doesn't apply to the entire CPS system, but it still irritates me that this is his rationale for not closing school. OK, I feel a major rant bubbling up to the surface, so I'm moving on...

Well, I suppose I should start getting ready for work. I'm going to bring some hot chocolate with me today for the babies. They'll love it. I have another Disney movie ready for today, too. What a waste of a day, don't you think? Like I said yesterday, I would so prefer for them to be watching movies and drinking cocoa in the warmth of their own home, but whatevs!

7 comments:

Clippy Mat said...

ahh poor little things.
i remember having those awful cold burning/tingly hands when i was a kid once. it was horrible. strangely that was in the UK not here in frigid Canada.
well i'm glad you got to catch up on your blogs. that's much more important than a lie in.
have a great day.
:-))

Miles To Go Before I Sleep...... said...

Why didn't I ever have a teacher like you????

Oh wait.. I forgot... i went to private school... no fun, all work :-( But I turned out ok.... (I guess ;-))

teach5 said...

Yeah we never close here either, the snow day we had in December is the first one EVER. And they only did it because they had enough notice to get the word out. People here don't know HOW to drive in the snow. When things happen here, and the school or schools should be closed we stay open anyway for the latchkey kids. We are year round at my school and a few years ago the air conditioning went out in 110 degree weather. They bused us (the entire school) to a near by high school and we sat in the gym for 5 hours and then they bused us back for dismissal. I HATE seeing our kids come to school in inadequate clothing.

Christine said...

I work, I kept my kids home. It is too cold today. By the way, teachers are not babysitters in my eyes.

My three kids each have a teacher that they view as a mentor and friends.

Reading what you do for your kids, well I am sure you are far more important to them than you know.

YOU ARE MY HERO TODAY!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I can't imagine sending my kids out in that cold....especially w/ no gloves. You are such a good caring teacher. I know they appreciate you.

Bon Don said...

ok none of my teachers brought in hot coco! You're so sweet!!

jlo said...

I love that you brought them hot coacoa. can I mail you some gloves?? I'm serious!!!!