- Thunderstorm Frenzy
Kayla has always been terrified of thunderstorms. About a year ago, I was reminded of how much.
After I picked Kayla up from after-school care, she and I needed to stop at the grocery store. As we went in, a cloud was coming up from the west, but I thought we could get in and out of the store before the storm reached us. Unfortunately, I was wrong.
Right after we had gone through the check-out line, the leading edge of the storm hit, complete with fierce wind and driving rain. Kayla wanted to stay at the store until the storm blew over, and I flat out refused. She clung to my hand in the store and said, “But Mama, I am so light and I don’t want to blow away!” I told her to hold my hand, as I was pretty sure I wouldn’t blow away. Clinging to my hand like it was a lifeline and she was lost at sea, we hurried across the parking lot, where I safely deposited her in the car, after which I put the groceries in the back, got in the driver’s seat, and headed us back home.
Unfortunately, we have several stop lights to go through before we reach the house, and one of them turned red. I stopped. Kayla started pleading from the front seat, “Mama, please keep going. I don’t care if you go to jail, let’s just go through the light.” (Item: There were nine cars ahead of me!). I said wryly, “Thanks.” and she replied, “I don’t care if we both go to jail, just keep on going!”
Luckily for me, the light changed then so we could keep going forward. I was trying to help her, so I told her to try closing her eyes and instead of listening to the thunder, listen to the rain hitting the roof. She tried that for a minute, then opened her eyes back up again with a “What now?” look. I said to her, “Now, pretend that the sound you are hearing is either fairies or pixies dancing on the roof.” At that, she opened her eyes wide, looked at me, and, this child who had been losing her mind in the thunderstorm, stated matter of factly, “Mom, you’re embarrasing yourself.” At least she stopped thinking about the storm for a minute!
- Vacation Mystery
Mark and I recently had the opportunity to spend some time on vacation at an absolutely wonderful place! I am waiting for some pictures we took with an old-fashioned disposable camera to get developed before I talk about it, but I will definitely have a lot to share next week. See if you can guess where the place was by the following pictures (no fair guessing if you already know where we went!):
Have a great weekend everyone!