The word on the street - literally - is that June broke her foot. Remember June? My crossing guard cohort? She's been out for over two months now. Apparently it was a pretty bad break.
She's to be returning soon, however, and I'm sure everyone will be happy to see her. June is well liked at the school. She has a nice balance of steadfastness and kindness. A while back, I'd asked her how long she'd worked there. The answer converts to "forever".
I know she must be itching to get active again, but her patience has probably helped her healing. In the meantime, her absence, I think, has been a boost for us crossing guards, a.k.a. "the forgotten ones". In fact, I learned most about her foot situation last month when I was running that week-long ACT camp.
The ACT workshops were scheduled at a time that conflicted with my morning school zone duties, so I'd put in for coverage on those mornings. Through slight misunderstanding, my reservist thought she had to cover both the morning and afternoon shifts. So on that first day when I showed up in the afternoon, she was so delighted to see me and learn that her sentence was only half as bad as she'd thought. She hugged me like a trapped cruise passenger who'd just made it back to shore. Then she filled me in on the June situation.
All this time, the reservists have been rotating shifts to cover June's duties that also include lunchroom monitoring (no thanks!).
Admittedly, elementary school crossing guard isn't much of a glamour job. The schedule is rigid, the weather can be a b*tch, the vest is hideous... but for people like June and me who live near the school, it works as a nice part-time supplement. Still, it's nice to get a day off. Like today.
Last night after dinner, Wolfgang said he and some friends were thinking of going climbing. I thought it strange they would go climbing on a school night, but was then reminded that today is a "no student" day.
I'm not sure when it started, but our school district takes April 20th off each year. It's the anniversary of the Columbine massacre, and it's also "marijuana day". That combination, I suppose, made them decide to just schedule professional development every April 20th - 19th this year since the 20th falls on Saturday.
Anyway, I'm SO glad he went climbing as it served to remind me that there's no school today. I've had a couple of other clueless close calls of going out there on no-school days and being the village idiot crossing guard.
Another nice last minute save! Right here in the land of legalized loco weed, no less.