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Oklahoma parents stir crazy even more than children

Oklahoma parents are ready for school to start even if children aren't.
BY TRICIA PEMBERTON tpemberton@opubco.com Published: February 4, 2011
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Kids were playing in the snow and at the mall Thursday, but it was the parents who were going stir-crazy by day three of schools being canceled.


“I would drive the bus and plow all the neighborhood streets myself to get them back to school,” joked Teresa Bradshaw.

The Moore resident was at Douglas Park in north Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon with her children and a group of their friends. She spoke just before giving daughter, Jenna, 11, a push down a snowy hill on a bright blue disc.

Friend Macy Rogers, 11, said she's enjoyed the time out of school, listing activities such as sleeping in, watching movies and drinking hot chocolate.

“I'm not ready to go back to school,” she said.

Nearby, Lacy Gordon, 15, tried building a small snowman, while David McWhorter, 15, threw snowballs at the girls.

As Eric Bradshaw, 15, doused his sister in snow, his mom reiterated her chant.

“It's time to go back to school,” she said.

Not everyone was playing Thursday.

Chaz Stokes, 22, offered his snow shoveling services to seniors in need. He said he posted his services on a popular advertising site after hearing a neighbor being charged $150 for having a driveway shoveled. The Paseo resident offered his services for $5 or $10.

At Penn Square Mall, things were a bit quieter and warmer. Randy Hailey watched his children, Meghan, 6, and Gavin, 4, ride toy vehicles.

“We're here just to get out of the house after being trapped for three days,” he said.

In the Lego store, Teresa Finley watched her sons, Austin, 7, and Andrew, 8, pick through the bins of colored blocks.

“I'm praying there's school tomorrow,” she said.

She's out of luck. Most Metro-area school districts, including Oklahoma City, canceled classes for a fourth day today.

That means another day of keeping parents and children occupied and safe, while temperatures continue to hover around the freezing mark and the state may even see more snow.

Temperatures on Thursday started at minus 1 at the Oklahoma Mesonet station in Spencer. High temperatures ranged from the mid teens to high 20s throughout the state.

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