Thursday, July 31, 2008
Family Night Canceled AGAIN
Our horrible weather here in New England this summer continues on and on. Just when we thought we were finally out of the "thunder/lightening/torrential downpour" weather pattern, it comes back. The beginning of the week was gorgeous. It was even a pretty nice day today. But the weather reports were calling for some bad storms tonight. The administrative staff at the camp spent most of the day checking the computer to see what they were saying about impending storms. They were reporting the usual thunderstorms with high winds and hail. However, it was hot and sunny out - I guess we found it hard to believe bad weather could be coming. Finally, around 2:30 pm, the decision was made to cancel. There's nothing like the thought of 75 wet, cold and frightened children to make you think twice about having a campout in bad weather. The decision to cancel was not made lightly. It entailed a lot of work in calling parents to let them know it was canceled so they could A) not show up at the camp at 5pm, and B) get to the bus stop and meet their kids who would now be taking the bus. It also entails freezing all the hamburgers, hotdogs and rolls that were bought for the BBQ. Of course, things never go the way you think they will. So far tonight we've had two 2-minute rain showers. That's it. No thunder. No lightening. Nothing. Figures. But I'm not blaming the camp for making the decision they did. Better to be safe than sorry. I'm glad I wasn't the one making the decision though. The one time I did - I did NOT err on the side of caution and I paid for it...literally. The kids' elementary school was having a "Santa Breakfast" on a Saturday morning. Since I was the PTA president, I was running it. I ordered AND pre-paid 12 dozen donuts and 12 dozen muffins from DD. Even though weather reports were calling for a snowstorm, I made the decision to go ahead with the breakfast. We woke up to about a foot of snow on Saturday morning. The breakfast had to be canceled. But the donuts and muffins were already bought. So we went and picked them up and put them all in ziplock baggies and froze them to be used the following Saturday at the make-up Santa Breakfast. We found out - way too late - that frozen and thawed donuts and muffins are pretty disgusting. We won't be making up the Family Night. We have a parent/camper lunch next Friday and we usually order pizza, but we'll have hamburgers and hotdogs and rolls from the freezer instead. I hope they taste better than frozen donuts.