We were also informed that the schools have been known to close...when the forecast calls for wintry precipitation. That's right, I'm not talking about when the frozen stuff actually happens, but BEFORE it even shows up. Hmmm..."Overly cautious"? Perhaps. But "safe"? You can't argue with that. In fact, we experienced our first such event just last week; meteorologists predicted freezing rain overnight, and the school system instantly decreed a 2-hour delay for the following morning, prior to the appearance of the first drop. So of course the kids were jazzed--without having to get out of bed and check what had occurred while they slept, they already knew they could turn off the alarms and wake up at their leisure.
Then we all met in the kitchen for coffee--or chocolate milk--and discovered (via text...and voicemail...and email....they do their darndest to keep you up to date on what's happening, I'll give them mad props for that at least) that the Powers That Be had reversed their previous decision...and closed schools down completely for the day. We gazed at each other, bemused...then peered out at the porch...where a barely visible, wafer thin, fragile crust of...well, you could barely even dignify it with the name "ice", really...lay innocently on the bricks. About the same time, a car passed our house, managing the road with no apparent difficulty, climbing the hill smoothly and without evidence of sliding on the road surface. Huh. Okay, then: First North Carolina Snow Day it is!
It certainly didn't qualify as a Winter Wonderland by any stretch of the imagination, and it was pretty cold and damp outside...so the boys devised a way to entertain themselves, indoor-style. They worked together--I'm sorry, I meant to say they "formed a collaborative team"--to design and construct an elaborate edifice known as...Yellow Toad's Bar and Grill. For this endeavor they reclaimed the large box my exercise bike had been delivered in, and borrowed other necessary items such as an X-Acto knife and duct tape (naturally) from the accumulated tools and whatnot in our home collection.
During their interview for this profile (ha!) the brothers admitted that they encountered a few...communication breakdowns...when one of them didn't quite understand what the other was trying to convey...generally in terms of the architectural plan for each of the individual spaces, I'm told. But as far as the Big Picture goes: on a day when they were trapped inside, they spent a number of hours together, mostly peacefully, using their skills and ideas to produce something pretty cool.
|Team WestEnders, Junior Division, hard at work....or play!|
|Detail of the "bar area" (yes, those are the|
kitchen knobs we replaced...repurposed!)
|The "Boss's computer station".|