The Icy Truth
Iced in. Day...2
Families have definitely evolved over time (sorry, I mean adapted). What we required of our family unit even 50 years ago is different from the things we require now. In colonial times, my son would be shooting Tories and drying tobacco leaves at this age. Instead, he's climbing up the developmental ladder as set forth by wise mommy websites and cleverly bartering trips to the potty for PEZ. Likewise in marriage, things have changed. Andy and I make no secret about the fact that we would have not made it five miles on the Oregon trail. Two hundred years ago, I would have entrusted my husband with building our wagon and farming our land. In return, I would have had to be clever with a needle and would have kept a jar of lard on the counter that I somehow would have known to what and how much to add at any given moment. Likewise, families even a short time ago, would have known how to have large amounts of quality time when isolated in their homes. These days, however...
Why does getting snowed in sound so cozy and romantic? It isn't. It, like moving, and assembling things is an unnecessary test of your patience and sanity. I realized how grossly unprepared I am for any given emergency...especially a snowstorm. Yes, I bought milk and bread and thought I was getting equipped for dangerous times and then I realized that if the power went out, all I'd have to light our home is four scented candles. Which truthfully, are candles to be used only for entertaining. Also, I'm pretty sure the combination of which would have caused more nausea than anything.
It is only day 2 of being iced in and no one in my family is huddling around a fire, telling funny stories and bonding. We are not singing, like the Waltons or coming up with super neato games like the Bradys. We are wandering aimlessly from room to room trying to find something to hold our attention for longer than eight minutes. Sam thinks this is an excuse for the ultimate in telling mommy and daddy what to do and how to play and not listening to one shred of instruction. Yes...a test of patience.
In an act of utter boredom and desperation this morning, I...(gulp) organized. I know...its getting bleak.
I was excited when Sam had to go to timeout because it meant that I could finally stop hearing my name being called for 3 whole minutes. At this point, it felt like the equivalent of a 90 minute hot stone massage on an island in the Caribbean with a steel drum band.
My child is not at the 'hit the door on a snow day' age. I bundled my 3 year old up and took him outside yesterday morning at 9AM. It took three minutes before he started crying uncontrollably and told me he didn't like the snow. Which is totally fine by me...seeing that I'm an indoor girl and all. A few minutes later, my new neighbors met their new neighbor, Andy...in his bathrobe and slippers. There have been moments in the last 48 hours that I have wondered if it's wrong to want to drug us all up with Benadryl and stay in and out of consciousness for the duration.
Its not just the child, the husband and I that are acting abnormally. A few hours ago, I walked in on Sam's toys planning a Toy Story style coup to get him one more fudge striped cookie. I had to put an end to that plot that upon further investigation, I found went all the way up to the top, and was indeed masterminded by the preschooler living in this house. Hence the timeout (or, as I call it, moment of glorious freedom)
I have begun to carve out the days in lines on my kitchen table. I have befriended a delightful tennis ball, that I have drawn a face on and I refer to as Wilson. Boy, can Wilson tell a joke. Also, you should see my beard. Two days in isolation can really make you waste away. My daily coffee consumption has quadrupled and Andy braved the dangers of the local streets so I don't have to be half and half sick (Celebrity Rehab speak).
Don't get me wrong. I love spending time with my family. But everyone. EVERYONE says things like, "you remember that time we played miniature golf", or "went to that movie", or "played in the ocean." No one says, "Hey remember those awesome three days we were all stuck in the house together in that snowstorm?" The truth is that a majority of us do not know how to truly relax and have a snow day...we definitely don't know how to have two snow days and God help us all, we are on the verge of a third snow day. Hail Mary, full of grace... We are all going just a little bit crazy right now.
In desperation, have caught a winter bird, frolicking in the ice in search of food and tied a message to its leg in the hope that someone, somewhere will hear our plight and maybe drop pallets of wine and chocolates in our yard, where I have shoveled out a large "X" in the ice, and spray painted it yellow, much to the horror of the homeowners association.
Now, I'm just sitting in my pjs and fluffy socks watching the local news crews covering the icing as if it were as dramatic as storming Normandy beach and eating my loaf of bread and gulping down my gallon of milk...like all good Atlantans.
Here's to three days of pajama rotating, Facebook overusing, Dora watching, coffee guzzling and hygiene neglecting fun.