On Friday I worked from home due to the bad weather. I could have made it in, but looking at the forecasts and the advice of my train operator there was a high chance of facing disruption on my return journey home. Never a good thing.
I stayed at home, and this did prove to be the right choice due to line problems experienced later in the day.
The weather hasn't got much better over the weekend. It's now Monday and the boy's school has closed. Except it's not as simple as that. My eldest has exams which means school is open for him at least. The school buses are cancelled because the county council has deemed it unsafe to run them. So let me get this straight: School is closed on safety grounds, school buses are cancelled on safety grounds, but if your child has an exam school is open and you have to get them there yourself irrespective of how treacherous the roads are.
I'm lucky that I have the facility to work from home. I'm lucky that I have an understanding boss. I'm working at home in the morning, and I've taken the afternoon as holiday so I can take my lad in for his exam. I'll stick a shovel in the car in case we get stuck and I have to dig us out.
What about the parents who can't work from home, or don't have an understanding boss? Whichever government minister determined exams in January were a good thing needs shooting - metaphorically speaking of course.
There will be some kids who miss their exams. Their only option is to take the summer re-sit. It isn't fair.
M J Wolfson - That's me.