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I'm Keeping My Boys at Home Today...

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I'm not gonna put us in danger.

Not with the ice being as treacherous as it is.

Yesterday morning, we left earlier than normal, to make sure we could get to school in time.

I knew that it would be difficult, with it having rained the night before. I knew it would have frozen over.

We penguin-walked our way up the road, and turned to go down the easiest of roads to go down to the school.

I was trying to walk on the actual bits of snow left, knowing that although it would be more difficult to push the buggy through, at least it wouldn't be as slippy.

We got to a driveway that's usually well cleared.

It looked well cleared.

I didn't see the black ice.

We started sliding, Max and I, and I couldn't stop us.

There was nothing for either the tyres of the buggy, or my wellies to grip onto.

With the incline of the driveway, we were sliding onto the road, and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it.

Luckily for us, the driver of the big pickup type SUV coming up the road saw what was happening and stopped.

If he hadn't, Max would be at the very least in hospital.

I can't even think about the other possibility.

I wouldn't be here writing this.

Zack would be safe, but very worried.

We walked the rest of the way in the middle of the road.

I was confident that the pavements closer to the school would be cleared, as they had been so expertly after the last bad icy patch.

Our council had done a really good job back at the beginning of December.

Unfortunately this time around, they seem to have forgotten we all existed.

The entire pavements were sheer ice.

All the mothers with buggies were having to walk on the roads.

Putting ourselves and our children in even more danger.

So today, I am keeping my boys safe at home.

And hopefully by tomorrow Perth and Kinross Council will have got their acts together and had their gritters out properly.

I can only pray that no one has been hurt, or worse, killed, in this weather, though I know unfortunately it's highly unlikely for that to be the case.

If you're going out and about, and it's been down to 0 degrees Celsius, PLEASE be careful. Don't go out if you can help it.

Walk on the roads rather than the pavements if you have to.

Don't make the mistake of thinking that small part looks ice-free.

It could be black ice.

It could cause you to slid onto the road.

It could cost more than you ever, *ever* want to think about.