Last weekend we drove to Brantford to get together with my husbands family. We were belatedly celebrating my mother in laws birthday.
My husbands father went all out. He had us meet in a local restaurant and he had three flower baskets set up on the table and had asked the restaurant to give us a special menu for our early afternoon meal. I think he might have thought it was my mother in laws 75th birthday … but uh … if he did he was a year early.
It’s really strange, all of my husbands siblings have their teaching degrees? That’s his two sisters, his brother and even one of his brother in laws that all have teaching degrees. At one point my husband seriously considered becoming a teacher and I think he still catches him self considering it but I think it’s just because there are so many people in his family that are teachers. Actually even a couple of his aunts are teachers.
Anyway I guess the reason that I brought up the fact that I was sitting with a bunch of teachers was because just before our family get together there had been a huge storm in Southern Ontario, one that had been bad enough to cause several school boards to shut down schools. Even Toronto shut down schools and I happened to mention that we didn’t really get as much snow as expected on that particular storm day and that a lot of people were complaining that the schools shouldn’t have been shut down and well .. my brother in law exploded that I was wrong and it saved the city money and kept the roads free to be cleared … but uh … he’s from St. Catherines where they got three times more snow than we did on that day so yeah, it made more sense for them to shut down their schools, but not for us in Toronto. I just gritted my teeth and let it go.
Anyway .. the family gathering was a success overall. Just that one incident. I’ll remember not to talk about teaching issues or school closures – even due to weather or non weather issues – with that particular brother in law!