Monday, November 24, 2014
Naked Hunks in the Snow
We had freezing rain overnight topped with snow; all school buses are cancelled and the rural schools closed including the rural elementary school nearest my home.
Unfortunately, our school division keeps the city schools open no matter how treacherous the conditions unless the city declares a "state of emergency:, a rarity. The motivation: closed schools = no provincial government funding for the day.
This means that teachers and are expected to drive through treacherous conditions to hang around day in school which is 90% empty of students. But to refuse to come in can result in a severe financial penalty from our employer: two days' lost pay. (loss of your own salary AND a deduction from your paycheck to pay the substitute teacher's salary.)
It's a huge pet peeve among us teachers and our union; there have been teachers killed in highway accidents while attempting to get to school under such inhumane and treacherous
Very early this morning, I received this text from my ex-wife, the first communication we've had in over a month:
Ex-wife: All school buses are cancelled because of icy roads. It's okay to arrive late to school or not at all. But if you do go in, be careful driving.
Buddy Bear: I won't go to school until the sanding truck has gone by on the highway. It probably won't be until noon. It's like a skating rink outside my door; the worst I've ever seen.
Ex-wife: Good. Thanks.
Buddy Bear: :-)
My ex-wife knows me extremely well; better than anyone, in fact. She knew that I would have attempted to drive in to school no matter now treacherous the roads. I NEVER miss going to work. But she managed to convince me to delay my going in until the driving is safer.
I got a little teary-eyed, actually. After so many years of hatred, bitterness and crazy behaviour, I never thought we'd reach such a state of civility.
at 7:32 AM