Well, here in Los Angeles us public school folks have our kids home due to a bomb threat. Mark and I were doing the “NOW, we really have to get out of bed now” chatter. I was walking downstairs in my ugly, comfortable slippers and nightgown to make coffee when Rex yelled, “mommy, you have a call.” He knows if he wakes up really early I’m so desperate to keep sleeping I will give him my phone and he gets screen time.
Who would be calling this early? Oh, maybe my neighbor to see if we can take her son to school today.
No, a robo call from LAUSD saying school is closed because of a “credible threat”. All this before coffee. Hey, what?? But, we are in a charter so does this apply to us? A flurry of calls and texts. Yes, it does.
I go to tell Vivien who didnt’ want to wake up. “no school today” Yeah, she cheered from her pillow. The new snow day.
A mom sent an email out that she would be happy to take some kids if moms had to work. I did the same. Within an hour two were dropped at my door and my neighbor came down later with her son. As we tried to get three first grade boys to do homework I thought, as I have thought many times, how do teachers do this? Exhausting.
I think it’s all a bit creepy and maybe alarmist. I really hope this is not the new normal. I hope at worst we look back on this like we do the old ’50’s duck and cover videos. Those seem funny not because we now longer have nuclear bombs, but because it seems so foolish to think hiding under a desk would save you.
Course last year I did hide under a wood lectern when a gunman came into the building I was in. So I know how terrifying it is to be involved in a shooting. I bet the schools would have been okay, but I of kind don’t blame officials for being a bit jumpy.
Side note: I’m doing much better with my pneumonia.. been a month and two days. I am still deaf in one ear, and have a TB cough, but MUCH better. Trying to take it easy so I don’t relapse, but I did go to a holiday ball I help put on at our women’s club and it was so fun to get dolled up and feel like a person again.. or at least out of my nightgown!