Wind chills and musicals.

It was too cold this evening to even think about working on our ice skating rink; our overnight wind chills are predicted to be around -30 F, so we’re cozied up listening to the soundtrack from Wicked…again…and again…and again. Did I mention tickets to see Wicked at the Detroit Opera House were one of the gifts under the Christmas tree this year? And to teenagers, if listening to a song once is good, then listening to it five times must be five times as good, right?

So, a bit of this and that for this chilly winter night:

1. Mrs. Laura Wood has been hosting an interesting discussion on raising unplugged children. I left a comment in that thread, though for some reason she attributed it to Mrs. Suzanne Thiry.

2. Mrs. Bodycrimes had some thoughtful commentary on a strange case in Belgium, where assisted suicide and euthanasia are legal but the death penalty is not. A prisoner there has had his request to be euthanized granted because life in prison would be too psychologically painful for him. Oh those wacky Belgians, with their delicious chocolate and their illogical laws…

3. And this sad story:

Atlanta Fire Chief: I was fired because of my Christian faith

One Sunday afternoon the Cochran children heard a fire truck stop across from their neighbor’s home. Miss Maddie’s house was one fire.

“That’s the day that God convicted me in my heart that I wanted to be a firefighter when I grew up,” Cochran said. “All I thought about growing up in Shreveport was not being poor and being a firefighter.”

And God granted Kelvin Cochran the desires of his heart. The little boy in the shotgun shack grew up to become the fire chief of Shreveport…

But now Chief Cochran’s storied career is up in smoke – all because of a book he wrote for a men’s Bible study group at his Baptist church.

Truly, no good deed goes unpunished.

On that note, let us end by enjoying a song on that very theme from the soundtrack of the musical Wicked.

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7 thoughts on “Wind chills and musicals.

  1. After watching the “Wicked” video, I went looking for one that promoted heroism and virtue. I am having a hard time. I like Captain America. While it may look like naivete, at that time, it was considered idealiam. That’s right, we actually had ideals then.

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  2. I can relate to the cold temps. Our computerized weather station recorded a temperature of minus 25 with a wind chill of minus 32 this morning.

    Our kids were upset b/c our school superintendent didn’t cancel school while the superintendent in the next county did. This led to a flurry of comments on my Facebook feed with some mothers saying they were keeping their children home b/c the cold air is dangerous and others saying that modern kids are in danger of becoming wimps b/c they’re being coddled too much.

    Yes, it would be dangerous for kids in NJ or points south where they’re not used to it and don’t have proper outdoor clothing. But we live in the Northeast Kingdom where temperatures can hover around zero degrees for a week or more in January and February. Most people are prepared to deal with it and in the 12 years my kids have attended school, there’s only been one day when classes were canceled when they couldn’t start the school buses b/c the temperature was 40 below that morning.

    The cold generally doesn’t bother me as long as it’s sunny. When I went to the gym this morning I felt it on my legs b/c I forgot to layer sweats over my running tights, but other than that I was fine.

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    • Most people in Michigan are prepared to deal with temperatures in the single digits but when the wind chill drops way down, I think the feeling is that kids could get frostbite if they take off some of their outer gear. I don’t remember school being cancelled over cold temperatures when I was a kid but it was cancelled a fair bit because of snow. But then again, I grew up in the greater Grand Rapids area and GR gets TONS of lake effect snow.

      My guess is that the real problem isn’t that kids are in danger of becoming wimps but rather that school districts are in danger of being sued by litigious parents if little Bobby loses a mitten on the way to school and gets a bit of frostbite.

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  3. To add insult to injury, the district in which I work canceled for today because it was colder and windier there, so I got to stay home (for the first couple of snow days, staff in my district are expected to take 1/2 a sick day and stay home and use 1/2 the day to do paperwork or lesson planning) but my kids had to go.

    And then to REALLY rub salt in their wounds, right as we were leaving the air temperature dropped to -3 and the wind chill to -22, but by then it was too late for the superintendent to cancel, so they had to go even though many (if not most) other districts in this part of the state are closed. They complained bitterly, but I told ’em to shut it because they were being driven to school in a warm mini van with travel mugs full of hot cocoa. Think of Mary and Laura Ingalls, children, and their itchy woolen long underwear and frozen water buckets in the morning and count your own cozy blessings. 🙂 They didn’t think much of my little sermon.

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