The sun did not shine,
it was too wet to play… (or go to school.)
But iMom did not sleep
all that cold, wet day.
She woke up at 5am
to listen for school suspension.
But the DepEd officials may have overslept,
and the Mayor must’ve been snoring yet.
So, hesitantly, off to school we went at 6 – my daughters and I,
in our little car through heavy downpour wading.
I kept my radio on, still waiting.
At last the Mayor’s cracked morning voice goes on air,
Alas, his pronouncement: rain does come during rainy season,
but classes in this city shall go on.
Apathy, sarcasm I thought I heard.
We dropped off daughter number 2 in her school,
then made our way to the other school – daughter number 1 and I.
Oh my! My usual route was knee-deep with water,
so off I searched for another.
Finally we managed to get through
the sea of flood waters and of cars.
Hurriedly I kissed daughter number 1 goodbye.
As I drove away, on the radio I heard
a woman’s voice: “All classes are suspended
What the…!!!??? You make the announcement now, shortly before 7???
I wanted to reach through the airwaves
and smack her in the face!
But what was a mother to do?
We went through it all again – my little car and I,
sea of flood waters and of cars,
fetching daughter number 2, and then number 1.
This is a good example of bad poetry
inspired induced by the events that transpired as mentioned in the .. uhm.. poem (?? dare I call it as such!). I’m sure thousands of other parents felt the way I did: tired, exasperated, pikon na pikon! What’s worse is that it’s always the same.
Whenever we get heavy rains and floods, but without typhoon signals raised, the people we count on to make crucial decisions for us seem to oversleep. Either that or they simply just can’t make up there minds. Or they do not care at all. In the end, they always make the announcement a minute too late! Why, oh why, is it so difficult for them to make an early announcement? When later, much much later, they would announce class suspension anyway? of course, tonight, I expect to see some finger-pointing in the news. What’s new.
My children are lucky because they have a gorgeous driver and a trusty little car. But what about the other students who literally waded through water to get to school, only to be turned away the moment they get there because, hooray, classes have been suspended, and so they have to wade back home? We deserve better treatment from the people who are supposed to be in public service.
On the other hand, it feels great to snuggle with the PC, sip endless cups of coffee, and catch up on my blogging. 😉
Notes: The radio station I was listening to was DZMM. The mayor I heard on air was Sonny Belmonte of Quezon City. While most other cities in Metro Manila suspended classes for elementary and high school levels, he did not find it necessary to do so in his city.