Ritual Confessions

January 29, 2008

“Snow Day” Rant

Filed under: Uncategorized — elissakaren @ 4:50 am

This morning as I drove Charlotte to Montessori, the scantiest snow was drifting from the sky and dusting the houses and trees. The roads were absolutely clear. I was completely unsuspecting and beyond incredulous when I saw that the school’s parking lot was empty, the building was dark, and the director was not at her usual post on the front walk, where she welcomes the children each morning. I’d been warned that Portland and Vancouver went into a helpless tailspin at the slightest hint of a snowfall, but clearly I failed to comprehend the extent of this particular brand of local lameness.

In seething disbelief, I began canceling every planned aspect of my day (a stop at the old house to load the last of our belongings into the car and to clean the premises before turning in our keys; a stop at Powell’s to sell boxloads of books; shopping for heavy and unwieldy items like shoe racks and baby gates; a few hours of strenuous work on the new house).

Charlotte is at an age that demands minute-to-minute vigilance. In a consignment store the other day, I turned my head for one moment and she walked straight through the automatic set of doors to the sidewalk outside, which flanks a perilously busy parking lot.

Today, after driving away from the school, I spent the next ten hours feeding, changing, entertaining and overseeing her. The particular exhaustion of this unbroken stretch of caretaking was easy to bear compared to my impotent rage at the school system. By 11:00 a.m. the sun was out and the roads were dry. Not a trace of white remained anywhere. And this, this is a snow day! This furious refrain played in my mind hour upon hour. I could not let it go.



  1. Told ya 🙂

    Comment by davidrochester — January 29, 2008 @ 5:26 am

  2. I know it probably won’t help, but enjoy these days while you can. Soon enough she’ll have her own agenda, and you’ll feel left out.

    Comment by Shawn W — January 30, 2008 @ 4:40 am

  3. David — yes, you did.

    Shawn — you’re right.

    Comment by elissakaren — January 30, 2008 @ 4:48 am

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