#SOL15: Day 3, A Weather Flash

The March Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers has started off with a bang. I’m among over 200 contributors who have taken up the challenge to write a daily slice. Enjoy the writing of my fellow “slicers” here.


Californians are weather wimps.  We deal with droughts, smog alerts and SPF levels. Give us anything related to precipitation, and we go all to pieces. Snow only happens in the mountains, right?

Last night, there was rain. I heard it.

By morning, the sky is clear and bright.

I walk out into my driveway and look inland. The whitest of clouds hug the mountains, almost hiding the dark remnants of the nighttime storm.  Just another day in the Golden State.

Once at school, the sun beats down. I open my classroom door, turn on the air conditioning and return to the bright sunlight.

In the unprotected lunch area, a light sprinkle of rain begins. Nothing dramatic.

Students pile in the classroom, and I close the door to the sun.

We settle with notebooks and iPads.

Then I hear it. Rain.

I crack the door open to darkness, a cold rush of air, and pouring rain.

Shrieks and laughter fill the room. Five boys announce the urgent need to go to the bathroom. Really. Bad.

I walk from the door and KABOOM!  Thunder explodes. It rolls through the classroom. It shakes us still.

Then screams.

Weather is thrilling. When weather happens, we all go a little nutty.  It’s nowhere near normal.





14 thoughts on “#SOL15: Day 3, A Weather Flash

  1. Oh how true this is, “When weather happens, we all go a little nutty.” I love the description of the thunder and the boys immediately needing to go to the bathroom. When it snows here, we all take a minute to look at the snow…even though snow isn’t new here. When I get exasperated, I remind myself to look at it through the eyes of a child. What’s better than that?!?!

  2. I love a good thunderstorm to hunker us down and stay inside. The snow we’ve been pounded with in NY usually brings that hunker down feeling, too. But right now I’m over it! I love how you captured the students’ reactions in this piece. Wishing you sunshine today!

  3. This is so funny. You put me right there in your classroom listening. In Louisiana we cannot handle any threat of ice. Last week a nearby parish closed schools due to the possibility. The temp never got below 36 degrees. Come on, people!

  4. What a delight to read your description! My black lab would have been huddled under the upraised foot of my recliner – she hates thunder and is my personal meteorologist. Too funny . . . I wrote this morning about a different kind of Iowa weather!

  5. I had to laugh when I read about you needing to turn on the AC, Julieanne – all I need to do is open the window! But, one thing is true – kids love a good storm (rain or snow) and there is something joyous in that!

  6. Don’t you just love those pelting rain and thunder storms. I loved the contrast of the heat and then the storm. Kids are crazy in storms. I didn’t know it could get so hot in California when the rest of your country was so cold. Thanks for teaching me something new with this slice. 🙂

  7. I think that the theme of this year’s first week of slicing is trending toward weather. I like the way you had the clouds hugging–The whitest of clouds hug the mountains, almost hiding the dark remnants of the nighttime storm. –beautiful description!

  8. I would have so loved to experience that! We got nothing around Sacramento. What you write is so true; the kids always act like they have never seen rain before. But maybe that’s just the joy of being young. 🙂

  9. Yup. Weather is thrilling! I still love snow and hate it too. Can’t wait to get to a beach. Wednesday we head to Cancun. No snow there, we hope. Or rain for that matter.
    Fingers crossed!!!!!!

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