The girls and I were on our third day of being imprisoned by the ice on our road and we were starting to get a bad case of cabin fever. I believe that we were close to driving Shaun nuts on his day off. That was until he had the brilliant idea that we would all go out on an outing.
KT, with her adventurous spirit, raced to get her shoes on and was ready in mere minutes. I dragged my feet a bit more. I had been watching vehicles spin their wheels and sliding back down the hill for the last couple days. (I finally had to close the blinds as it was giving me the creeps. Too bad I could still hear them). I was pretty dubious about the idea of being on that road in a car. Our Little Mimi, on the other hand, burst into tears and started screaming that she wasn’t going and there was nothing we could do to make her!
Being the controlling parents that we are, we finally managed to coax her into going. We reminded her that the main roads were fine. It was just the little back roads that were so icy and we would be fine. So we all piled into the jeep and started to head out. I held Mimi’s hand with one hand and the roll bar grip with the other. (I had to remember to only clench the grip so Mimi wouldn’t realize the extent of my terror!)
In case you haven’t realized yet, snow makes me a bit nervous. Ice simply terrifies me. It’s bad enough to walk on it, but, to suddenly find that you no longer have control of a moving vehicle…I can’t help but shudder at the thought.
Shaun, on the other hand, learned to drive on the icy and curvy roads of Colorado. He claims that nobody used chains or studded snow tires…they just learned to drive in it. He scoffs at schools closing because of a couple inches of snow. According to my Beloved, there had to be at least six feet! This confidence in his own driving (not to mention the fact that I do trust him) was the only reason that I had climbed into that car.
It turned out not to be so bad and towards the end of our little outing, Mimi and I finally started to relax. We had started to realize that perhaps we weren’t going to see our lives flashing before our eyes after all. We may even have started to enjoy ourselves a little bit. All too soon (well maybe not too soon), we were nearly home and ready to pull into our driveway. Only…we slid out of control and zoomed right past it and on down the hill.
Despite our pleading to be let out right where we were, or better yet, to just park the jeep down at the bottom of the hill, we found ourselves being propelled back up towards the driveway. This time, Shaun was to manuver us into it. Of course, we just narrowly missed hitting the Mom Mobile and had to cover our eyes hoping against hope that we wouldn’t crash into the house. Fortunately…we made it. Shaun and Kaitie were exhilarated by our little adventure.
Mimi and I have decided that the only thing for us to do, is to crawl into bed and hibernate until June.