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This morning we all got up at 7 am, got ready for school and were about to head out to the bus stop when I discovered a message on my cell phone.

We had a fog delay. On the fourth day of school. They delayed school on the fourth day for fog.

It was clear outside by the time I was even awake. Seriously?

I grew up in a school system with a superintendent who was a sadist when it came to cancellations and delays. School was never cancelled. Like ever. In my entire 12 year public school career with this school system, we had maybe three delays and two cancellations. In TWELVE YEARS. And trust me, it snowed and was foggy. Often. We lived in an area badly affected by lake effect snow, but school was never cancelled. We lived in an area with lots of hills and swampland (it’s completely flat here). The fog could be very dense. School was never delayed or cancelled. You just drove slower. Sometimes you were late to school. Sometimes your bus was late getting you.

It just boggles my mind how often my local school system cancels or delays school. We have several cancellations and countless delays per YEAR here vs. the less than five delays/cancellations we had in 12 years at my childhood school district. I know times have changed and people are more aware of possible lawsuits or child endangerment, but COME ON. Are our children made of glass? Can no one drive in snow or fog anymore?

I don’t get it.



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Plain White T

Last Thursday when I dropped Lily off at day camp the counselor stopped me before I could get out the door.

Counselor: Is her t-shirt in her backpack?

Me: What t-shirt?

Counselor: We’re painting t-shirts today. It was in the parent letter?

Me: What parent letter?

I seriously never got a parent letter. This was not negligence on my part. I am absolutely positive I did not get one. I think the counselors got too distracted when I swooped in on Monday and informed them that Lily had food allergies and had medication and a snack in her backpack.

I was supposed to have brought a plain white t-shirt on Thursday so Lily could paint it. Camp STARTED Monday and was only 5 days long.

Now here’s what drives me crazy, and it’s something that has driven me crazy for most of my life: Why do these people assume that I just have a white t-shirt lying around? It’s not just these camp counselors that assume it. My whole life I’ve been given like 2 days notice to appear with a plain white t-shirt so I can paint it/bejewel it/wear it in a play or musical show etc.

When I buy clothes for myself and my children, I go with what is the absolute cutest. Usually our shirts have colors, patterns or embellishments. There are never any extra plain white t-shirts lying around for ME and I’ve been relatively the same size for 15 years. How am I supposed to have extra white t-shirts for my kids, who grow constantly and are different sizes every 6 months? Do normal people just keep a bunch of plain white t-shirts around and I don’t know about it? Because I haven’t seen a lot of kids out wandering about in plain white tees. Almost everyone seems to wear NOT plain white t-shirts almost all the time.

It’s just a lot for various children’s programs to assume that we all have plain white t-shirts around. I would wager that most of us do not. I had to run out that morning to buy  a pack of t-shirts for Lily. Now we DO have a bunch of plain white t-shirts lying around– for 6 months until she outgrows them.

I didn’t mind paying the $6 to get the t-shirt(s), but I wish I’d had more warning. Even if I HAD gotten the parent letter on Monday, that only left a few days for me to get to the store. I would blame this program exclusively, but there is NEVER EVER much warning on this. I remember growing up constantly being asked to bring in or wear plain white t-shirts the day before I needed them. And I never had them! It always involved an emergency trip to the store.

Even more annoying than the plain white tee request was when they asked us to wear plain RED t-shirts. Where do you even find those?

Anyway, as much as I’m bitching about the plain white t-shirt, the artwork they did turned out super cute.

But still, next time a little warning would be nice. Note to organizations at large: We do not all have endless wardrobes that include disposable shirts we can paint. Quit pretending that we do and start including these shirts in the list of things we need to buy in advance.



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