Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Tropical Storms, Mornings, and Kindergarteners

Tropical Storm Fay amounted to little more than a day off school and a thorough watering of every lawn in Florida. I'm glad; don't get me wrong. I don't enjoy hurricanes. NO ONE wants to watch the weather report THAT many times. Sheesh. I hadn't watched the weather in a few years and last night I watched it so many times I lost count.

And did I mention the interruption to my sleep? Ask my children if I like to be woke up before it's officially morning. Ask my mom and siblings if I've EVER liked to be woke up before it's officially morning.

Nevermind. Don't ask them. I'll just tell you. I do NOT like to be woke up before it's officially morning. Which, contrary to popular opinion is not before 9:30...and I'm being generous. 10:00 or 11:00 is even better.

But for the sake of safety I kept setting my alarm, sleeping, hearing the alarm and thinking "It CAN'T be morning...oh wait, it's the storm...go check the news." Then back to bed and ... lather, rinse, repeat as necessary.

In the end, for us, it amounted to lots and lots of rain but little wind. Trees kept their limbs and everything. And I'm glad for that...and the straight 5 hours I got between 5:30am and 10:30am. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh...finally. :)

So thank you, Fay, for not gathering your strength and your speed and wiping us out. We're all very thankful.

More appropriately, thank you, God, for watching over us and sparing us the destruction that nature far too often visits upon people all over this world.

*I don't mean to make light. So for those of you who may read this and have gone through serious hurricane damage, please...don't be offended. I know it can be very serious. I weathered Hurricane Charlie in a bathtub under a mattress a few years ago and quite fortunately my condo was untouched. Many people lost their homes...or at minimum their roofs, and I don't take that lightly at all.

And now, I'm off to seek some sleep. Tomorrow will be the second first day of kindergarten this year. The first one was really exhausting. I'm thinking the second first one will not be much more merciful. On the lighter side of that, I DID hear one of my new students talking about "back in the day" in reference to her preschool class, lol. It's gonna be a good one!


Mummy said...

I hope you can catch up on your sleep Hill! You handle it all so well! I'd be petrified I think! (((HUGS))

Hillary said...

Thanks mummy.

I'm planning to try to catch up on some sleep tonight.