The Five-Thirty Phone Call (Day 349)

Around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night, my friend’s son came into the dining room to announce that his school had been cancelled for Friday due to the impending storm. His sister goes to school with my daughter and she announced that she hadn’t heard anything from her school.

It was hard to believe we were about to be hit with almost a foot of snow since the weather hit 58 degrees Farenheit at my house on Thursday morning. I didn’t bring a coat when I went out to dinner. February 3rd weather? Shocking. Especially in light of last winter.

My daughter’s school likes to wait until the very last minute to announce school closing or delayed starts. I understand why they do this, but what a pain for the student and parent population. The students set their alarms to wake up early, in case school is not delayed or closed. The parents get woken up extra extra extra early when the automated system calls the house, always around 5:30 am.

Even though I was expecting the call, I jumped when the phone rang and had the receiver up against my barely awake ear before the second ring. I hung up, told my husband school was closed, and promptly fell back asleep. Minutes later, my cell phone buzzed, waking me up again. That number was also plugged into the system. I turned it off without listening, and just as I was laying my head back on the pillow, I heard the buzz from the other side of the bed. Just in case, the school called my husband’s cell phone as well.

I managed to fall back asleep but had the strangest dreams. I kept waking up thinking I’d missed something or was late for an appointment or forgot to do something that had to be done. All I can think is that I didn’t want to forget to tell my daughter, when she got up, that school was cancelled.

She greatly appreciated my going into her room at 6:45 a.m. to let her know about school. I believe her response was “Unnph,” and the tone was not cheerful.

And SHE wasn’t the one startled awake three times in five minutes at 5:30 a.m.


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