We are a family of mistrusters. A family of know-it-alls who know what's good for the goose and each gosling, but can't be relied on to follow through with our own advice. Or so it seems.
was in the forecast this morning. Rain, maybe some heavy bursts here
and there, and some lightning. That's what the meteorologists told me.
So off we went. I woke the #1 son three times, each one mentioning that a
heavy downpour was on the radar, and he would probably run into it on
the way to school.
The Pony and I arrived under a dark
cloud with hanging-down wisps. Sparse sprinkles hit the windshield. I
passed my purse back to him as we pulled into the parking lot. Surely
you don't think I take my purse inside a building full of adolescents. I
cautioned The Pony that we would need to jump out immediately. He was
to grab the umbrellas from the back as I closed the hatch and locked the
doors. He headed up the sidewalk in front of me at a rapid clip-clop,
umbrella under his arm. I opened mine. Just as I stepped under the
overhang, those black clouds released their contents. Superb timing.
was a bit worried about #1. He refused to answer his phone. So with
five short minutes left before first bell, I swiveled my rolly chair and
watched out the front window of my classroom. There he went. So we all
arrived safe and sound, though one of us wet.
did I know how much rain was due to fall into my life today. Sure, I
heard it pounding on the roof, making my textbook dvd reader guy hard to
hear on the projector. But I was busy, and didn't look out much. Five
minutes before the bell, the intercom came to life with cancellations of
games, sports practices, afterschool programs, closings of a nearby
bridge, and the command that no student should drive through standing
water on roads or bridges. Funny how I'd heard nothing about flash flood
warnings. Of course, sometimes they are issued when our creeks are
already on the way down.
Pony and I were in for quite a scenic ride home. Water, water,
everywhere, as high as we had seen. Even our new bridge by the mailboxes
had orange cones along the side. Apparently water had run down the big
hill and built up quite a torrent, eating away at the side of the bridge
not yet inundated by the creek itself. Scary stuff, those tree limbs
and munched-out gravel and blacktop. Our road was under a bit of shallow
standing water. A silver pipe peeped out both sides, almost exposed,
but the road was still passable. I have an alternate route in mind for
tomorrow, just in case.
But here's the thing about the
family of mistrusters. Farmer H texted me when school was out, warning
me that in his work neck of the woods, areas were flooded that had never
flooded before. So I should not attempt our regular route home. Duh.
Like I didn't know that when the school announcements came out. I texted
#1 at his academic team practice. Duh. He said he had no plans of
driving through water over any bridge. I think the sight of that little
red truck in the creek for a week after the last bout of flooding made
an impression on him. Once we got over the deepest part of our gravel
road, I called Farmer H. "You can't come home your regular way. Even if
you get through, you can't get across your last little bridge." It's
less than half a mile from home. That was news to Farmer H. He had
planned on being able to come his way, not even thinking of that last
obstacle. But he knew enough that he would not have driven through it.
Even though we all know how to avoid danger, we imagine each other too
stupid to keep from becoming a four-wheeled vessel on a roiling sea of