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Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Hitting Home

Today even my French friends were telling me that it would be crazy for the International Olympic Committee to pick Paris to host the 2012 games. There is a real unhappiness with the general strike that started tonight. It really hit home today when I got to the school and saw parents hovering around a note that the school officials posted.

Basically, the note said that because of the transportation strikes tomorrow, they aren't sure the teachers are going to be able to get to school. Therefore, the school cannot assure the normal functions of the classes. One parent was told that only one teacher in the school lives within walking distance of the school. I'm not exactly sure what the kids were told but my son is convinced he won't have school tomorrow. This is reinforced by the fact that he never has homework on Wednesdays, the half days at his school. However, today, for the first time, he was assigned homework. I think maybe his teacher is hoping there is no school tomorrow too. My son attended his best friend's birthday party today and when it was time to say good bye to each other, they all said... a demain, peut-etre (see you tomorrow... maybe!).

I have a friend leaving Paris permanently. I hope he's able to leave town as planned. Can you imagine planning to move your life on a particular day and on that specific day there is a massive transportation strike in the city you are leaving. Ugh. Closer to home I have my husband's aunt coming to town tomorrow. After a long trip from Texas I hope it doesn't take her too long to get to my place.


-- said Auntie M in Paris
10:50 PM

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oh Paris and its strikes...

# posted by irene : 8:35 AM  

So did your children go to school today? My son's teacher is on strike today so we stayed home. My husband walked to work this morning in case the m├ętro was too crowded or too slow.

# posted by Oz : 10:26 AM  

We were actually informed on Monday by a note sent home that school would be closed today. So no school for my boys!!

# posted by Pat : 10:40 AM  

Irene, It's hard to get used to the strikes.
Oz, My kids went to school. Hope you have fun with your son today. He's probably really happy to get a surprise day off!
Pat, I thought the schools had to stay open. Hope you are having fun with the boys. At least you could sleep in because you knew ahead of time.

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