As I type this, it is mid-morning on Thursday here in the Philippines. We have been experiencing unusual weather here in Davao for a while now, maybe 2 or 3 weeks. As Rusty wrote yesterday, it has been quite cool here in the Philippines, and that includes Davao City. I’m not really writing an article about the weather today, though, although the weather is part of the story I want to tell you.
Part of our unusual weather here in Davao is that it started raining yesterday morning (Wednesday), and it has been raining steadily ever since then. It is unusual to have that kind of rain here in Davao. Usually we have thunderstorms at night. Maybe 15 minutes to an hour of very heavy rain, not much more than that. However, it has been raining steadily for 24 hours now. The rain has not been that heavy, though, just steady.
Well, at about 9am, one of our kids sent a text message to Feyma, asking if somebody could pick them up at school, because school was cancelled. “What?” I asked Feyma, “Why did they cancel school?” She said that she was not sure. When the kids got home, I asked them why the classes had been cancelled. “Rain” my son told me. Rain? I can’t believe that classes would be cancelled for rain! Aaron, my son told me that they were worried about flooding, but I didn’t see any flooding anywhere. I asked if there was flooding at Ateneo, the school they attend. He said there was none!
This is not the first time that school was cancelled for a crazy reason like this! A year or two ago, I remember one time when school was cancelled because of a typhoon. The typhoon was in Luzon, about 800 miles from here, and headed in the opposite direction from us! We don’t get typhoons here in Davao, we are south of the typhoon belt. So, why did they cancel school? Well, in my opinion, it was a convenient day off.
Now, don’t get me wrong. If you go look at almost any news site on the Internet, you will find that there is some bad flooding in Mindanao. That is far north of us, though in places like Butuan, Gingoog and Cagayan de Oro, more than 100 miles from Davao. The weather here in Davao has been dry up until yesterday. Oh sure we have had showers from time to time, but not out of the ordinary, in my opinion. Certainly nothing to stop school over!
You know, though, as Rusty talked about yesterday, and as I said at the beginning of this article, it has been uncharacteristically cold here! I know that “cold” and “Philippines” don’t normally belong in the same article, but I’m really telling you the truth! We have not even been running the air conditioning for a long time now, just keeping the windows open. Even just opening the windows, Feyma has been sitting around with a blanket covering her! Personally, I am enjoying the cool weather. It’s much cooler lately than I ever remember in the 9 years that I’ve lived here. For nearly a year not, I have been noticing a trend toward cooler temperatures, this is just more extreme than we’ve seen, though.
Well, I hope there is school tomorrow! Lord knows, Ateneo is an expensive school, and since we have to pay one way or another, I hope that our kids actually get the education that we are paying for!