It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Waiting by the phone…

It started snowing last night. We got about 15 cm (6 inches). In the early hours of this morning, we heard the distinctive fizzing hiss of ice pellets against the window. It’s been coming down for three or more hours so far. We expect about 5 – 10 mm of ice pellets. Oh, and then another 10 cm of snow.

Our car is encased in a glassy coating. The branches of trees are crystal lace. It’s very pretty. But…

The snow we could manage. The ice on top of the snow? Not so good. The snow on top of the ice on top of the snow? Yuuuuuuk…

I have the radio on: all school busses are cancelled. There are a raft of cancellations – meetings, classes, events. Accidents all over the city. The temperature’s not bad, only -7C (20F), but winds gusting to 46 km/hour (28.5 mph). Power lines are down in rural areas across the eastern part of the province, people without power in pockets all over. People are being asked not to drive in the city if not essential. In short, it’s a mess.

None of my kids take school busses, but no one should go out in this if they don’t have to. When Adam came down to the kitchen, I told him he could have the day off if he wanted. “Woo-hoo! Snow Day!!” He grabbed a Neo-Citran for his headache and congestion, and headed back up to bed.

So far I’ve received two phone calls. Nigel will not be in today!! Emily is staying home!!

But what about Timmy? And Anna?

Just like my kids, I’m hoping for a Snow Day.

No Snow Day for me.

March 2, 2007 - Posted by | holidays, Ottawa


  1. It’s similar here, just not quite as much snow and ice… but still, it reminds me of the big icestorm (I lived in Ottawa back then). It’s sad how something that looks so beautiful is so destructive.

    We had powerlines and trees down this morning, traffic lights not working, and the fire department and police and mayor were begging people to stay home. My employer thought otherwise, so here I am. No snow day for me either….

    Comment by smashedpea | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  2. Aw boo. Who takes their kids out on a day like this? I think you should call Children’s Aid. These parents clearly do not have the child’s best interest at heart (nor theirs! take a day off!)

    Comment by Haley | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  3. seriously? take a day off, parents! poor Mary P.

    at least it was a reduced workload, maybe? less kids = less work?

    Comment by SassyStudent | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  4. Seriously? Those people went out in that weather with their kids? Isn’t that kind of, I dunno, dangerous? Unless all four of those parents are doctors or world leaders, I think work could have waited for one freaking day.

    That’s just me, though.

    Comment by candace | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  5. I was so, so overjoyed to get to leave work early last night when all the libraries closed at 5 so we could get home in the blizzard, which took twice the normal time. Misterpie had to ditch his car, take the subway across the city, and walk home with Pumpkinpie through it. And this morning, after it rained and stormed all night, the world is awash. Power and heat were out at home, so I waded her to daycare, which had those commodities, they confirmed by phone. I felt she’d be better off there, as the house was starting to cool. But I was so wishing the stroller had pontoons.

    Comment by kittenpie | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  6. I know that feeling…of course we don’t have snow here…so no snow days for me, EVER!

    But sometimes the planets align and lo-and-behold I’ve got a bonus day off…ahhh simple pleasures.

    Do you want me to reply to Sassystudent or shall you?

    Less Kids = less work

    No, unfortunately the equation doesn’t work that way. We wish.

    Comment by Karyn | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  7. Do they walk? I walk my kids to school & day care & myself to work, so i don’t get snow days, so they don’t get snow days!

    But i wouldn’t take a car out in that weather, so unless they all walk to you & to work, you should have got a day off:-)

    Comment by juggling mother | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  8. Too bad! Sometimes parents don’t think straight – if it’s not safe for school, it’s probably not safe for work/daycare. Unless they live VERY close by!

    Comment by Angela | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  9. I have to admit that I would be one of the “crazy” parents that would have dropped off my child. I work for the hospital and while not a doctor, important enough that they don’t allow us snow days. It sucks because usually my daycare is closed and I’m hustling to find someone to watch him.
    Too bad we all can’t have a snow day sometime.

    Comment by Dani | March 2, 2007 | Reply

  10. Schools don’t call off for that weather? They just cancel busses?? What kind of crazy is that?

    Comment by Redhead Mommy | March 3, 2007 | Reply

  11. 20 below isn’t too bad? What do you consider cold?

    Comment by Granny | March 3, 2007 | Reply

  12. Sorry to hear that you didn’t get to enjoy a ‘snow day’ along with the others. A busy woman’s work is never done, eh? I hope you had a good weekend…reading about the temperatures over there made me shiver in our wintery 67+ degrees F! Good God, woman, come out to Cali for a holiday!!!

    Comment by Mama's Moon | March 4, 2007 | Reply

  13. SmashedPea: I lived in Ottawa during the ice storm, too! (For all the rest of you, it was in 1998.) It was beautiful. Breath-taking. And so destructive! We only lost our power for a brief half-hour – deliberate and controlled – when hydro crews were fixing the lines, but friends of ours only two blocks away were without power for a week. Brrr…

    Haley: One dad walks to work, so he doesn’t have to consider the state of the roads, and the other parent only works ten minutes away. But still, boooo… You’d think people would enjoy a legitimate excuse to stay home – and on a Friday, too!

    Sassy: Less kids = less work? Depends entirely on the children! If I still had Arthur… But this group are just lovely, so yeah, it did feel that way. In fact, I’ll often joke that having only two kids around feels like a day off! It wasn’t so bad!

    Candace: “Unless they’re all doctors or world leaders.” That’s my thought, too. Very few of us are actually indispensible! But, nope. One of them does have a boss who seems to think she’s a world leader, though…

    Kittenpie: Now that’s a valid reason to struggle a kid to daycare on a day like this!

    Karyn: I was hoping the planets had aligned for me, but, oh well. Best not to get your hopes up, and let yourself be pleasantly surprised should the unexpected happen!

    Juggling: Only one of the families walks. Well, the dad. Mum drives. When the authorities are asking that you stay home if at all possible, I don’t think that your non-essential job as a… oh… research assistant really, really means you have to get into that car. But we are used to lots of snow: a huge dump of snow isn’t as intimidating (as perhaps I would like it to be, ar, ar!)

    Angela: Oh, the schools were open. Just the busses weren’t running. That’s pretty standard. The authorities want people off the roads not primarily because of the risk of accidents, I think, but just so that the snow removal crews can get their job done more efficiently. But everyone likes to consider themselves indispensible.

    Dani: There’s the reverse problem. Closed daycare, essential service. Your own personal “boooo” moment! Bet you’d like the snow day!

    Redhead: I don’t really know. I’ve always found it a bit odd, but it’s standard – but perhaps that’s because I grew up rural, where just about everyone in the school was bussed in. In a city, though, there are always lots of kids who live within walking distance of the school, after all. Recalling snow days as a teacher, they were much more relaxed: you couldn’t charge ahead with new work when half the class wasn’t there!

    Granny: Oops! Typo! That shouldn’t read MINUS twenty, it should read just plain “twenty”. Minus twenty F is close to minus thirty C, and that’s DAMNED cold! LOL I shall go correct that error now…

    Mama’s Moon: Ooooo! You wanna send me the air fare???

    Comment by MaryP | March 4, 2007 | Reply

  14. Wow, a snow day in Canada and some of your parents STILL brought their kids?! Die-hards.

    Comment by Kristen | March 4, 2007 | Reply

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