I sit here with a bit of writing to do and my ear cocked for a whole lot of distraction, which is scheduled to come through the door in a little under an hour.
It’s early dismissal today, and no school on Monday, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. And, in honor of MLK, a fellow BU graduate (the crane statue at left is on the plaza at Marsh Chapel in his memory), I have a dream.
I have a dream that someday, my children will have a full week of school again.
Mother Nature and the school calendar have conspired to create a situation where the kids have not had five full days in a row since the week of Nov. 3. That was Election Week, you may recall.
Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. Nov. 17, no school (student-teacher conferences). Nov. 26, half day to kick off Thanksgiving break (Nov. 27-28). Dec. 5, no school for teacher conferences. Dec. 12, ice storm closes school (and kills off power for a good chunk of Central Mass.). Dec. 19, snow day. Dec. 24-Jan. 4, Christmas break. Jan. 5, 2-hour delay due to ice. Jan. 7, snow day.
Weather permitting, their first full week of school since before Thanksgiving will be the week of Jan. 26, with an additional two full weeks in February before February vacation hits.
Ugh. Having a parent home full time (even if it is against her will) has definitely been a bonus this winter!