From: Dave Baldwin
When I was a senior in high school, it snowed several inches on the day of our prom.
Those responsible for planning the event responded by making the last-minute decision to move the prom from a facility located many miles out of town to our high school gym.
I adjusted my personal plans by selecting a restaurant much nearer to home.
That night, we danced to the live music of a substitute band appropriately named A Moment’s Notice.
Despite the unexpected change in plans, I have only fond memories of that evening and a sense of gratitude toward the planners who had to make some tough decisions.
As I reflect on the events of that day, it is the restraint of the planners that I find most striking.
I am confident they carried a genuine concern for all the young people who would be traveling that evening, and they did not hesitate to alter plans immediately under their control, like changing the choice of venue.
I respect the fact that they did not allow their personal judgment to supersede the emotional and financial investment of hundreds of other people who had long planned on attending the dance.
The roads were slick, but we still had parents to remind us of how our dates would react if we forced them out into the snow in high heels due to a car crash.
The risks were real, but no more so than our inevitable march toward adulthood, which would shortly introduce situations far more vexing than whether or not to drive slowly on icy roads.
In the absence of a solid consensus, as would exist in the event of an ice storm, schools should carry on with their events, affording other adults, young and old, the opportunity to exercise their own judgment on whether or not to attend.