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The teachers' strike that never was

Here's what Karine did when she learned early this morning that today's Ontario teachers' strike was cancelled.

By Karine Ewart
The teachers' strike that never was

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So, I know I am not the only parent in Ontario who had a more-challenging-than-usual morning. Suffice it to say, my kids are not in class, and cupcakes are to blame.

Here’s how it all went down.

Last night, I had an event after work and then hit a mall at 9 p.m. to buy gifts for Wyatt and Theo’s eighth birthday, which is today. (Yes, I know: last minute shopping isn’t ideal, but I work well under pressure.) The presents weren’t the problem, though. The problem was that they wanted to bring a treat to their classrooms, as most kids do on their birthday — but I still hadn’t made the 40 cupcakes yet. However, since it seemed like our public school teachers were going to be protesting, we decided to postpone the treat until Monday.
We had our plan in place: Beckett had to get his first filling this morning and our paediatric dentist’s office is more than an hour-and-a-half away, so Jay had already scheduled to take the day off of work to bring Bee to his appointment; now, he would just take Wyatt, Theo and Milla with him. (It’s important to note that, in addition to cupcakes, lunches were also not prepared.)
This morning, I didn’t wake the kids up at their usual time. As I poured my morning cup of coffee, I flicked on Breakfast Television Toronto. Apparently, at 4 a.m., the decision was made that teachers had to work, and school was on.
CRAP! Do I wake everyone up, get them dressed, give them breakfast and make lunches all in under 30 minutes? If so, the birthday boys wouldn’t have anything to bring to celebrate their special day. The dilemma: Class or cupcakes?
Chocolate always seems to win. I called our school to let them know that the Ewarts were playing hooky.
How did your morning unfold?

This article was originally published on Jan 11, 2013

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