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Two-Hour Delay
Tuesday, Jan. 07, 2003, 1:21 a.m.

Question: Do school systems purposely wait to close schools to boost ratings on their cable channels?

What Did I Learn: Some snowflakes are bigger than cornflakes.

Beautiful, blissful peace and quiet reigned today for a few hours. I wallowed in it this morning while nuking my Starbuck's from yesterday. I reveled in it as I turned on my computer and realized that no one was going to yell my name from upstairs, or answer the phone before I could grab it, or line up a suite of chores for me that would take the morning to complete. No one was soon to awaken from their slumber to demand meal service, lost items searches, cash for lunch, or signatures on suddenly discovered documents. They already did that and now they were off to school.

Mother Nature dumped a load of feathery white snow here on Sunday, making the kids greedy for a snow day on top of the winter break and causing me to be consuming with the urge to roast a chicken and make mashed potatoes from scratch. Stunned by my culinary urges and the idea that the kids could be home for yet another day, I considered snow day sanity strategies and the possibility of sudden temperature surges.

In the end, the school system gave the kids a paultry 2 hour delay. Disappointment reigned but hope was held out. Much time was spent in watching the public school cable channel for a notice of a change of heart. My youngest said a rosary together with me to encourage the Blessed Mother to drop a word in the Lord's ear about this snow day thing.

This morning, the kids trudged out to school with hearty sighs and eyes heavy from lack of sleep brought on by last minute completion of extensive homework assignments that had been postponed in the initial dizzying anticipation of a snow day and a reprieve from school assignments for another 24 hours.

I guess there were more folks out there praying for clear roads to travel than snowy hills to slid down. Or maybe the Blessed Mother just isn't one for encouraging slacking off on the homework.

Either way, I am again enjoying, at least for a few hours, a quiet house.

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