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A Series of Unfortunate Assumptions


Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. Christmas break is finally over, and the Christmas decorations are all put away. Sob. Christmas is my favorite holiday so I’m always a little sad when all the lights and other décor are taken down. Sigh.

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The night before the first day back to school, we received a weather alert informing us a storm was coming very early the next morning. Freezing rain. We didn’t think much of it because we get alerts like this quite often and the predictions usually don’t pan out or they’re not as bad as anticipated, so we went about our evening rituals, got the kids to bed and settled down to watch one of our favorite shows.

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The next morning, we got up and had our breakfast before I took the boys to the bus stop. When we arrived, there were no other kids waiting for the bus. Now, our bus driver has a history of arriving early and leaving whether or not anyone’s waiting for her. Something numerous people have complained about. So, we NATURALLY assumed when we didn’t see the bus that she’d already left. So, I proceeded to drive to the next bus stop, I’ve had to do this numerous times in the past to make sure my boys get to school. (Not happy about that. Let me tell you!)

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No one was at that stop either. So NATURALLY, I assumed she was really early and we had missed the bus, so I proceeded to drive my boys to school.  When we arrived, there were no other cars in the parking lot except for the snow plow, plowing the lot. I thought this was odd, but my son informed me the school doesn’t open until seven. This is a new policy and I remember receiving an e-mail about it a couple of months ago. Since it was quarter to seven, I NATURALLY assumed the staff would be arriving any minute.

So, I pulled into the circle drive and proceeded to wait with my boys until the school opened. As it neared the witching hour, no lights flickered on and no cars arrived in the parking lot. I turned to the backseat and asked. “Why are there no other parents dropping off their kids this morning? What’s going on?”

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And only then did my oldest say, “I wonder if school is cancelled.”

“Check the website.” My tone was light but inside my breakfast started to curdle while my brain shouted. You mean to tell me, we didn’t have to get up at the butt crack of dawn to get the boys to the bus? We didn’t have to crawl out of a warm bed and go out into the cold morning air to drop the boys off at school? I shushed my inner demon and reasoned with him.  Relax. We usually get a recorded call at five in the morning when school is cancelled.

I sincerely believed school wasn’t cancelled, but there were no cars and no lights. I started to sweat a little. When my son checked the website on his phone, it was only then we learned we had a two-hour delay.

I’m sure the snowplow driver we encountered had a hearty chuckle out of the lone car parked in front of the school, waiting for the school to open, and I’m sure he had a full belly laugh when we finally realized it wasn’t opening for another two hours and drove away. Yeah. That’s how my week started. So, you know the rest of my week has got to be good after a start like that, right?


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How about you? Did your week start as planned? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!


I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.

14 thoughts on “A Series of Unfortunate Assumptions

  1. I’ve had days/weeks like that, Lisa. It’s best to learn to go with the flow, and laugh. The Universe was checking to see if you’re paying attention. LOL! Hugs and hope your week gets better!

    1. Thanks, Sharon! I’m finding the humor in the event now. LOL! At 6:30 that morning, I wasn’t seeing it. 😉 What do you think the universe was trying to tell me?

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! LOL! The funny thing is, the roads weren’t bad at all. The freezing rain must’ve missed us. I hope your roads aren’t too bad. 🙂

      1. LOL! I just thought it was so funny because each assumption I made seemed logical and made sense. So, it just goes to show you that logic doesn’t always win. 🙂
        Sometimes you just have to follow your heart.

  2. Well, that’ll wake you up. Sorry it happened.

    It sort of seems like so far this year everything has been just a bit skewed for me too. When a major holiday occurs in the middle of the week, it seems to just mess everything else up. I never know what day it is. The day after the holiday always feels like a Monday to me, which messes up the rest of the week. Have that happen 2 weeks in a row and I’m all whacked out. I woke up yesterday thinking I’d get a handle on this new year and it was already the 8th. And Tuesday to boot; not Monday as I imagined. Sheesh. It’ll all get straightened out, but I feel out of sorts.

    Hang in there. Spring’s coming.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Thank you, Patricia! It wasn’t funny at the time, but now it is. I here you about having two holidays in the middle of the week. It thru me off, too. I hope you get back on kilter! Take care and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. That’s the worst when you realize you could have, at the very least, stayed warm! 😂 They should still do phone/email chain for delays!!! I *never* check our websites, lol! But i guess its better than in my day when we’d have to watch the school closing scroll on the local morning news and just HOPE our school showed up or got added before we had to leave 😂

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