Its time once again to shovel out in the Hudson Valley, snow turned to sleet hours ago and it’s still coming down at 3pm. Nothing melted or washed away a half-foot of this mixture lays in the way of escape. Living on these private roads it is more than the driveway to consider.
But the ‘freshie’ is going out. Her friends in their four-wheel drive utility vehicle are on their way. There is no stopping this seventeen year old social butterfly, responsible pizzeria counter person/waitress, she more dependable than the postal worker. She also is an amazing storyteller, however I remain skeptical as to if this story is fact or fiction.
Today is her friend Michael’s birthday and it is also the day he was scheduled to take care of the baby. Taking care of the baby for twenty-four hours is part of the high school health class course requirements. Despite the hazardous road conditions this young man on his seventeenth birthday is expected to arrive in the snow/sleet to pick up the baby as school officials are in and ready to hand over this enormous responsiblity to this young man.
Years ago I worked in a hospital and as a healthcare worker it is understood that in case of emergency, of which hazardous weather conditions qualify, your expected to remain at work for the duration unless enough replacement staff happens to venture in. Now, the safety and well-being of the baby is at stake here.
- Should school official’s actually expect this young man to come out and transport the baby on icy roads to his home on the outskirt of town?
- Due to the circumstances, shouldn’t this school official step up and care for the baby?
- Do you think Michael should fail if he arrives to take the baby?
- Do you think the official making this request should fail?
*Note: The baby is a doll.