Tuesday, February 22, 2005

It's snowing

I am at work. Which is actually very suprising. I woke up this morning to find that it had snowed during the night. Don't get excited - it's not going to stick. It was really little more than a light dusting. But that is usually enough to cause the trains to come to a staggering standstill and force me to stay off work for a day or two. Any excuse.

Even more suprisingly, Scrappino's school was not cancelled. Usually, as soon as Michael Fish suggests that there might be soft flurries somewhere in the South East, the PTA volunteers whip themselves into a frenzy of phone calls to call off school the next day. There are five women who divide the school list between them and ring round with the news. It doesn't matter how light the snowfall is. School is cancelled. Apparantly, one of the teachers lives in Elstree so obviously, if it snows, the whole school has to close.

But not this time. Scrappino and friends wrapped themselves up in coats, hats, gloves and wellies and bundled into the yard. Usually, they fight about who hit whom with the snowball and try to make the girls cry by rubbing snowy gloves in their hair. Today, the fights among the kids were more about trying to find enough snow to make a snowball than deciding where to throw it. I stood by the gate and watched Scrappino and his friends make one tiny snowball. It took them over two minutes to collect enough snow. Scrappino held it up over his head to show me, smiling proudly. I told him to put it away. If the teachers catch sight of it, they'll be straight on the phone to the PTA.

2 Comments:

Blogger bangedmyhead said...

Suprised that BR didn't complain that it was the wrong amount of snow

7:46 pm  
Blogger R.x said...

actually - i don't usually have a problem on the train when it snows. the trouble starts in the summer. for some reason, as soon as the sun starts shining, there are never enough drivers and the service has to be cancelled. i wonder why...

9:42 pm  

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