“You should stay off the roads if you can.”
Those were the words of caution from the local weather and traffic people on ABC and CBS this morning.
It snowed overnight. The wee hours of this morning brought freezing rain. It’s almost 10 a.m., which means it’s warming up and just raining.
The words of caution echoed in my head as I sat at my makeup table and applied liquid foundation. Maybe today was a day to skip taking Isabelle to speech and OT. After all, we didn’t HAVE to be on the roads. Yes, we had her weekly appointments, but I could do her therapy sessions today.
By the time I applied translucent powder, I decided we’d stay home.
Ten minutes later, I informed Isabelle about my decision. “We’re not going to see Marie and Jena today because of the weather.”
“But what are we going to do?”
“I’m going to work with you at home.”
“Oh,” she replied. I don’t think she was sure about how she felt about that.
After breakfast, I let her have 20 minutes of play time while I got ready. She choose OT first, which required more prep work out of me. Thankfully, the internet was ready for me. I know she’s been having trouble with the letters U, V, and W, so I printed out a bunch of letter pages, plus some worksheets to help her practice diagonal lines. Then, I created a schedule. Once the timer went off, I went into her play room, armed with a plan.
We had a rough start when I reviewed the plan since she kept peering out of the window to watch the high school girls walk to the bus stop.
“Do you need me to close the blinds?” I asked.
“No,” she snapped.
“Are you sure?”
“No,” she said.
We closed them together.
Finally, once her eyes were on me, not on the street, we got to work.
I have 10 more minutes left while Isabelle listens to music and plays with her train set. Then, speech begins! Thankfully, we have more than enough apps and speech cards hanging around the house so there’s not much prep work for me to do.