Sandy didn't hit us that hard here in Boston, although school was closed yesterday and it was certainly windy---probably the strongest wind I've ever personally felt, so I never want to feel hurricane force wind. It didn't cause much physical damage, but Janey was not happy.
I've figured out a while ago that although Janey could never express it, she has a pretty strong sense of time. Afterschool lasts until 5:30, but I pick her up at 5. She doesn't mind if it gets stretched to 5:05, but if traffic is bad and I am any later than that, I am almost always greeted by her crying, and someone telling me it just started a few minutes before. She knows when I should be there. I wonder if she hears a nearby church bell that rings at 5, or if she's figured out the clocks, or if she just someone knows the time, as some people do. She also has a very hard time with long weekend. She knows the weekend should be two days. The Mondays of long weekends are almost always teary days for her. She can't explain it---she doesn't say "I should be in school" but she knows.
I am trying to be better about explaining things to Janey that I would think are beyond her understanding, just because we really don't know what she understands or not. I didn't yesterday, in the excited confusion of a hurricane. Janey was getting more and more upset. She hadn't slept well, probably due to the wind, and she was at loose ends. I finally did what I should have front the start, and said "we had no school today because of the hurricane. Do you hear all the wind making noise? It's a storm, and it makes us have to stay home from school" She didn't answer or look like she was listening, of course, but she seemed more settled after that.
Today school is back in session, which was a questionable decision. Freddy had trouble getting a train to school, as they were running so late, and my niece who teaches reported her room was flooded. But I'm still glad there's school (although no work for Tony, which does make you wonder how concerned about children the powers that be really are). I don't think Janey would do well at all with another day off. So much in the world is beyond her understanding that I think she clings to patterns she has figured out, and when they are upset, she is upset.