Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Virginia Snow Day

When I was a kid I loved snow days. When I was a teacher I loved them even more. I'm a parent now. Ask me if I love snow days. Um....not so much.

Yes, today is a "snow day". Well, it's actually a "flood day" since we live in the Tidewater region of Virginia. Just east of the Piedmont region, which is separated from our region by the Fall Line. Oh, you weren't interested in that geography lesson? Well, neither am I, and neither is the Big Ballerina, but her teacher seems to think we are because she tests her on this information every 3rd day, and I am required to quiz her nightly on these painstakingly, boring facts. Those of you with kids in diapers, you think it's bad now? Just you wait.

Anyway, it's a flood day rather than a snow day so there's no beautiful, white scenery to gaze upon. No sledding. No snowball fights. Just dirty, swampy water swallowing our street, our cars and my sanity.

It was bad enough that yesterday was a holiday. Now I've got my ballerinas home for a second day in a row, and chances are good that they'll be home tomorrow too. We've already baked the cookies, done the arts and projects, watched every recorded episode of Full House, and it's only 9am. BSD's vacation ended yesterday so I'm left, without backup, to battle them alone...for the next month.

The wind is howling. The leaves are swirling. The rain is falling across rather than down. The water is creeping ever closer to my front door, and high tide is still two hours away. But none of that scares me as much as the flickering lights. If the power goes out, I'll  really be pushed over the edge. I'll miss the Project Runway finale.

 Our neighbor kayaking in the cul-de-sac
My next door neighbor's mailbox

My next door neighbor's flooded garage


Erin said...

holy crap! that is a serious flood! i hope your house doesn't flood! do you need to evacuate?

Lisa and Laura said...

Oh my gosh! That is a crazy flood! I've never heard of flood days before, but I'm thinking I'd like them about as much as I like being trapped inside with my kids in a blizzard....

Kim said...

Erin - Thankfully, my house didn't flood, but I have friends whose did. :( I didn't evacuate, but I was w/out power and stranded on my street as it was too flooded to pass by Friday.

Anonymous said...

Wow, and this is all from tidewater? Aren't you glad you didn't miss the project runway finale? Glad you all made it through unscathed.