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November 24, 2014 ~ Broken Drill

on November 24, 2014

Driving home from pre-school Ashlin told me she had a secret.  A secret she’d tell me at home, and then tell dada, and then Teagan and then mama.  Ok.  You can totally tell me your secret twice.  She admitted that it really wasn’t a secret, she just wanted to say it was, she just wanted to have a secret.  Silly girl.

Once we were home, she told us about her secret – that they had a Broken Drill – or something along those lines – in case of an emergency – at school today.  She said that all the kids in class as well as the teacher and the para go and sit crisscross applesauce in the bathroom and be quiet.  According to her, it was kinda fun, because her teacher let them watch Bubble Guppies on her phone.  Ashlin and her sister don’t get to watch that show often at home.  When I asked how long the drill was, she told me it was 40 minutes.  That seemed a bit long for a drill, when I asked if she got to see all the show, she said no, just a little bit.

We were still talking about this when Teagan got home.  Teagan had a fire drill today, even with the rain.  She told me that for fire drills they go outside, for work drills they sit on the carpet. But for broken drills they go in to a closet.  The kindergartners don’t get to sit, they kneel.  There are just too many kindergartners to sit in the closet or hide in the bathroom.

So sad that both my three-year-old and five-year-old know how to hide in place.  Crazy that both of them were so blasé about the whole thing, but they don’t know how the world has changed.  What they’ve lost.  Well, what we’ve lost, they don’t really know.  To them, normal is hiding in a closet or a bathroom watching Bubble Guppies on a phone.

I wish the world wasn’t this way.  That they can be the silly little girls they are.



4 responses to “November 24, 2014 ~ Broken Drill

  1. Kat says:

    Yes, it’s very sad that they have to be prepared to ‘hide’ for the sickos that are out there to make those ‘silly little girls’ lives become terrified at life! On the other hand, thank goodness for the schools that see there is a need to be prepared and maybe save those lives for another generation to change the world for good. {{{hug them for me}}}}

    • lisasff says:

      They totally got an extra hug – one from you – that night. I guess it’s one of those things… but how I wish the world was as uncomplicated for them as I remember it being for me.

      • Kat says:

        And more so for ‘my’ generation of being able to stay out after dark, or ride to the store on or bikes without supervision, or even walk to school if need be ALONE. Sigh, too many changes and not enough fun left in the world.

        • lisasff says:

          Oh, I had that as well. Driving around with my mom over the summer, talking about the adventures we had as kids with our friends. She had NO IDEA half the stuff we did, how far we went on our bikes, where we rode. I know we’ll allow the girls to “free-range” a bit, but it won’t be like it was for us…. still, that may not be so bad a thing :D

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