Winter Weather Closes Schools in middle Tennessee

in , , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We watch the evening news, hoping the bad weather will be close enough to warrant the happily awaited call from the school district announcing school closings. But, bedtime comes and the call still hasn’t come in, so the girls put on their PJ’s inside out and hang a sock on their bedroom door in an effort to bring on their heartfelt desire for snow!
The sleet starts tinkling off the roof and deck by 11pm- but still no call. The children are nestled all snug in their beds with visions of snow balls dancing in their heads- but the snow didn’t come. Just rain, sleet then ice.

At 5am, we get the school call that my husband and I knew had to come because we saw the icy sheen on our road before we finally fell asleep.
We turned off the alarms and snuggle down for some precious, indulgent sleep-in time. Secure in the knowledge that as small business owners, we only answer to ourselves if we don’t make it into work on time.

We are blessed in that way- and we know it. I still remember clearly working for a boss who didn’t care how treacherous the commute – if he could make it in, we were all supposed to make it in. Ditto, my husband’s boss, who had a big 4 wheel Jeep that could have made it through any type of weather.

As we watched the news this morning and saw all the wrecks from people spinning on ice not just here, but all across our great Nation- I stopped and said a prayer for all the Moms and Dads who had to be out in this mess for their job.  Our wee bit of ice is rapidly melting in the sun, but I know by the evening commute- some of our country roads will be slippery again.

I pray and think “But for the Grace of God go I.” I know that could easily be me out there, along with my husband- slipping and sliding and worrying our way to a job we have to get to if we want to eat.

I pray for everyone’s safety.

As I look over at my beloved children- safe and warm with me, while I hear my husband working in his shop, I tear up a little- overcome with my Blessings. 
Getting the call that schools are closed are no big deal here for us, we welcome them! But I know, for some families they are a hardship. I feel sorry for each and every one of them and vow again- not take this moment or my life for granted.

This post- although very heartfelt- is part of my job. Is there a guaranteed paycheck waiting for me on Friday? No. 
But- I wouldn’t trade being home safe and warm for a paycheck- unless I had too. And then I would hope somebody would pray for my safe return home too.

I bid your safe travels and warmth and happiness on your return home today and if you are blessed like me to be at home- stop a moment and take it all in. Capture the moment and enjoy!

Please tell me in comments what winter weather do you have today!
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  1. The weather up North and in the Midwest has been terrible. I won't be complaining about the 80 degree weather we have here in FL.

  2. This is Day 6 of snow days here in the Dallas metro. We are hoping to go back tomorrow!! Fingers crossed!

  3. It's just cold here. The sun is actually shining though! Woohoo!

  4. Hi Carlee,

    80 degree's sounds wonderful right now. But you are right about not complaining after seeing the terrible weather everywhere else!

  5. Hi Daisy,

    Your area has been hit so bad!
    I hope things get back to normal for all of you- especially those poor people stranded at DFW airport.

    Stay safe and warm!

  6. Hi Pam,

    The sunshine was so pretty here today too.
    I don't want any more ice, so fingers crossed the wet stuff stays away!

  7. We just got a tease of snow here in New York City today. I must admit that I was jealous of all of the people who got to stay home with their kids due to school closings.

  8. I used to watch the tv for school closings just HOPING my school would scroll by.

    My weather here is c-c-cold but not much snow or ice. Yet.

  9. We've had two school cancellations... no school, but icy roads. Bitter cold today but back to school! Wish more businesses would value employees over profit. When the roads are icy, far too many accidents occur. Praying for everyone's safety as I'm sure there is more hard weather to come. Stay warm and safe, Linda!

  10. I've been watching the snow storms on TV and I can only imagine.. soo glad your kids didn't have to go to school... won't complain a bit about my 80's in Florida.. ~ Ready to move yet?? lol

  11. Hi Maria,

    I'm sorry you didn't get to stay home yesterday. Jealousy sometimes rears its ugly head with me when I'm talking with working mom friends and they are chatting about office parties or promotions. There are pros and cons to both lifestyles.

  12. Hi Tammy,

    My brothers and I used to take turns watching for our schools name on the scroll- like seeing it and getting to yell it through the house was a prize!
    Glad you don't have any bad weather yet.

    Stay warm!

  13. Hi Barb,

    Exactly- we are adults- we understand it's business as usual most days- but employers should allow off days due to inclement weather. Ugh, don't even get me back on my soap box over this one! ;)
    You stay warm and safe too my friend!

  14. Hi Melanie,

    Thank you! And those Florida temps sure do look tempting- but I'm not ready to move down there just yet.

  15. Linda,

    This is a lovely sentiment and beautifully expressed. Thanks for sharing it.

    Also a lovely picture! We had 3 snow days total (fri, mon, tues so a w/e in there too) where we were snowed in. Well the kids were snowed in, Peter and I did our thing and went to work!

    I have to share this with the kids, they will love it!

  16. Hi Penny,

    Awww. thank you for your kind words- they brought a smile to my face because I know you have been slipping and sliding all over your Midwest state of late.

    Many blessings to you and yours!


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