My "White Knuckle Morning Drive"

by | Jan 17, 2011 | This Lefe Family

This morning when I woke up at 5:30 a.m., I expected to see it snowing when I looked outside.  Sure enough…it was!  I thought for sure school would be delayed…at least I was hoping for it to be.  I soon heard ice particles hitting our east windows, and I thought a delay was eminent!  I sat at my computer in the dining room, and as the local news cancellation page kept refreshing with new additions of delayed schools, our school was not among the list!  I couldn’t believe it. 

I hurried into the shower.  I pondered, while I was in there, if Ali should try driving to school on her own this morning, or if I should have her go with me.  I knew she wouldn’t be happy with the latter decision.  I had no idea what the roads were like, and Bill was working, so I had no one to help me with this decision. 

I woke Zach up at his normal time, and then ventured into Ali’s room to wake her with the dreaded news that I decided she would have to ride with Zach and I to school and arrive there an hour earlier than normal.  I was surprised when I only got a frustrated sigh from her, and no argument.  As we were getting ready to leave, I received a text that our BSF Leader’s Meeting was cancelled for the morning.  (I’m glad I can roll with the punches!)  We left at our normal time, but found once we were on the roads, this might have been a big mistake!

We live outside of the school district, so I understand that sometimes our roads are in different shape than roads closer to school.  But this morning, our normal 20 minute drive took 40 minutes.  I went 35-40 mph the entire way!  I only saw a couple of cars in the ditch, but I was glad I made the decision not to have Ali drive herself to school…she might have been one of them in the ditch, as she has had very little experience with driving on icy/snowy roads…and boy were they icy!  On the radio they described it as a “white knuckle morning drive,” and boy, was it ever!  I prayed silently and outloud as we crept along at our snail’s pace.  Ali was quiet as she texted, and Zach slept.

After getting Zach to his building, and Ali to hers, I met Bill at Target to get groceries and a coffee.  🙂  We returned home afterwards to find out a couple hours later that our school is having a 2-hour early dismissal!  And as I look outside right now, it’s not snowing or precipitating at all. 

I’m glad I’m not the one who has to make these types of decisions.  I know what pondering the decision to wake Ali up early this morning was like…I can’t imagine making one for the entire school district that affects many, many families.  But if I could do this morning all over again, I’m not sure I would have chanced it, knowing it was as slick as it was…and I don’t want to do it again anytime soon.  I’m thankful God protected us in ALL ways!

So, as I venture out again here in a few minutes, I’m taking a cup of coffee with me, and my iPod.  I will pick up Zach, then we will wait an hour before Ali gets dismissed.  I pray the roads are better now than they were this morning.  Maybe we might even take a nap while we wait?! 🙂 

Just no more “while knuckle” drives please…

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