I used to wonder what working parents did when it came to snow days and school cancellations. Now I know: Panic.
That's exactly what I did last week. And then, I quickly reached out to friends. Friends with kids. Thank goodness for group texting!
There are several of us whose children have been friends since preschool. We click and thankfully, our kids do too. During the winter storm, we strategized, we sympathized over crazy work schedules and we mobilized. Not bad for busy working moms.
One friend went to another's house while her mom went to work in the morning and brought work home for the afternoon. Another mom worked from home all day with kids. Another mom friend offered to take Will to work with her and her son. (Yes, she's a brave warrior-type mom). And, one saint-of-a-mom took in Will for an entire day!!!! We're talking about 10 hours. If that's not a friend, I don't know what is!
The mommy connection has helped me in many dilemmas - lunchbox recipes, summer camp selections,etc.
One friend frequently quotes Hillary Clinton and says "ya know, it takes a village ..." Politics aside, the woman knew what she was talking about!
These moms have in a way become "mom-figures" to Will in the sense that he feels comfortable with them ... and safe. I don't know what I'd do without my mom friends. And thankfully, I don't have to and neither does Will.
Julia is a reporter for WRAL-TV and the mother of a grade schooler. She writes monthly for Go Ask Mom.