The other night, a winter weather watch was issued. Some places were getting tons of snow, some places would not get any snow. The boys were SURE that we were the place where ALL the snow would dump.
And some places did get snow. My parents woke to a winter wonderland and they are just a couple miles away.
Not even a little dusting on the grass.
Not a single bit of snow at all.
S2 woke up, seen this, and was not at all daunted. He was CERTAIN we had a two hour delay, if not a full snow day.
I pointed to the fact we had No. Snow. He pointed to the tv where there WAS snow, somewhere. For all we knew, it was piled high at school, no way to get in!
He was so convincing that at the marked time for us to leave, his little brothers were just getting cereal. They really thought we had a two hour delay.
So we left a bit late.
We arrived at school at 8:02. School starts at 8:00. I did not even acknowledge the staff in the office - but to be fair, it was pretty busy in there with other late parents with kids.
I figured out how I could get them to class the fastest and was dictating directions when S1 remembered I hadn't signed his planner. No signed planner means loosing recess time. No boy ever wants to loose recess time! Where had his planner been all evening? Upstairs in his room.
Every day I sign his planner I try to sign something fun. I really do not like signing the planner but I guess the teacher has to sign 28 or so of them every day so I can sign one once a day. Today I wrote, "Super Late Moma". I don't even think S1 noticed.
I sent S4 to the bathroom to wash his hands and I dropped his stuff off in his locker. My happy boy I had left in the hallway walked into the classroom, head down, tears dripping from his eyes. I glanced at his teacher "I'll try to fix this" I whispered as I grabbed his hand and headed to S3's class.
Some boys in the bathroom told S4 his hair looked funny. I told him EVERYONE's hair looked funny when they took their hat off. And then I worked on smoothing it down.
S3 was still high five-ing friends in the hallway and still had his boots and coat on. I opened his back pack to put his things away and found - wadded in the bottom of his backpack - the homework he didn't tell me he had to do. And, the homework he HAD done last night was not in the back pack.
Hugs and kisses to him and I literally shoved him on into class before he forgot and wandered off to meet us at S2's class.
S4 and I arrived at S2's class where he, Jonathan and Jakob met us at the door. Every day these three meet us and I always take a moment to talk to them all. But today we were so late and I always fear I may get them all in trouble so I reminded them how late they were. They were not all concerned about this as they wanted to know where S3 was, wanted to show us their cool coins and needed to know what I was making for dinner.
I think nearly the whole school knows what we are having for dinner every day.
S4 and I got to giggling as we walked with super speed to his class. I dropped a happier boy off to class and all seemed well with the world again.
When I went to start my suburban to leave the school, it just went 'tic tic tic tic tic tic tic tic'.
My faithful suburban has never ever let me down. Never once.
But amazing bus driver Mandy was there, and dear Alicia who's husband was home for the morning so I knew they would help me. Mandy hopped in to fiddle with it and started the suburban right up. I have no idea how.
But un-makeup-ed, little coffee-ed, hair uncombed, teeth still feeling the garlic bread of last night, me hugged her in all my joy at the soothing hum of my running suburban.
And so I drove home on our unsnowy roads to share this all with you.
In case you need a new excuse to be late to school - try the whole "Snow day" when you have NO snow excuse.
And - think of your friends close to you and be thankful for them. Friends are treasures indeed.