Half an hour before they got in, I called Ryan's cell phone yet again to see how close they were to home-- I was petrified because the news had said sections of I-94 between here and the Dells were closed due to flooding.
They'd warned that road conditions were "extremely dangerous."
Ryan's cell didn't answer, so I left a message.
I tried again.
I called Joseph's cell phone.
Still no answer.
By the time they finally walked through the front door I was a basket case.
Apparently, Joseph's phone had died, and he'd been using Ryan's cell phone to take photos of the flooding they saw-- sections of the highway were literally under water.
But they're home safe, and the tornado warning has finally been lifted (though we're still under a tornado "watch" until 2am).
It's storming like bejeezus out there-- heavy rain, thunder, lightning, the works.
But we're all fine.
And if I get the chance tomorrow, I'll share details of the actual field trip.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I'm sitting in my basement with Evan.
The tornado siren went off about 45 minutes ago; there've been at least three confirmed touch downs in the area.
Along with "hen's egg" sized hail, torrential rains, and 80 mile an hour winds.
According to the news, at least three more "tornadic" storm cells are heading toward us.
Right now, Ryan and Joseph are on the interstate just outside of the Dells -- driving less than five miles an hour -- heading right into this.
I can't even think straight.
He's gonna be fine.
That's what I keep telling myself, over and over.
He'll have a blast.
But, I can't get rid of the gnawing in my stomach-- and I cannot stop thinking about all the things that could go wrong.
What if he's low while he's at the top of a rollercoaster?
That place is so big-- what if he can't find Ryan?
They'll be in the Dells, where a storm is headed-- where there'd been massive flooding over the weekend.
"Sandra, it's gonna be great. Just relax," Ryan tells me this morning as I begin spewing out some of these fears.
But I can't relax.
Since first hearing of this end-of-school-year field trip, I've been quietly fretting.
A mega indoor/outdoor water and theme park-- over an hour away...
Jam packed with middle-schoolers from all over the state.
My heart is in my throat just thinking about it.
"What will you do if you're in a long line and feel low?" I ask Joseph over breakfast.
"I'll take some glucose and go check in with Dad," he responds in a matter-of-fact tone.
"But who will go with you?" I continue-- struggling to keep the tension out of my voice.
"Probably one of my friends."
"Probably? Bud, you have to make sure someone goes with you-- that park is huge."
"Mom, Mom- stop worrying. Geez, I'm gonna be okay. You're driving me crazy."
So I back off.
Before they leave, Ryan and I discuss how much we should lower Joseph's basal rates while he's running around the park, while he's swimming...
When we're finished I just sit in my chair, quietly staring down at my hands-- until I can't keep it in any longer.
"You know, if he didn't have diabetes, I wouldn't be freaked out at all. I loved amusement parks as a kid. I just- "
"A lot of things would be easier if he didn't have diabetes," Ryan says--and then adds with a shrug, "but it is what it is."
He picks up the black backpack, his duffel-- and walks out the door.
Sitting here now -- listening to the rumble of thunder -- all I can think is how very long this day is gonna be.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Okay, seems I've been tagged for a meme by Penny and Lisa, and (as usual) am very late getting to it.
The rules are as follows:
I must write a post listing 10 weird, random, facts, habits or goals about myself then choose six people to be tagged, list their names and why I tagged them.
All righty, then-- here we go:
#1. I'm the last to finish eating at every meal-- even if I don't do any talking.
I eat that slow.
#2. One of my baby teeth didn't fall out until my senior year in high school.
#3. My idea of fun is working through some form of creative challenge.
Case in point:
A number of months ago, I read several books about HTML, XHTML and CSS, then created at least half a dozen Blogger blogs for the sole purpose of messin' with the template designs...
#4. Even though I'm gonna have a ton more time for myself when Evan starts kindergarten in the fall, I'm already missing her...
#5. I never learned how to play a musical instrument... in an effort to rectify this, I'm in the process of teaching myself how to play the piano using the Sudnow Method.
(If you're ever out my way, just ask me to play "Misty" for you... )
#6. Though reasonably intelligent, I've been known to experience moments of extreme stupidity.
A few years ago -- while sitting upstairs nursing Evan -- I heard a loud siren. I remember thinking:
What an odd time for a drill.
No one downstairs had heard the siren (music was playing on the stereo at the time), and when I came down for dinner -- despite looking out the kitchen window and noticing that the the sky was an odd shade of green -- I didn't say anything about the siren I'd heard.
(I was pretty sleep deprived at the time-- Evan was teething, you see.)
Anyhow, minutes later I sat down to dinner with Ryan, one of my sisters, her husband and our kids.
The lights flickered off and on a few times as we ate; hard rain pounded the skylights above us-- and for a minute, we heard what sounded like a freight train rumbling past.
"It must be hail," I'd said.
Less than an hour later, we discovered that a tornado had ripped through our neighborhood.
It had been on our street.
Just six houses from our own.
#7. I'm the only member of my very large family to move out of New England.
(And after the above experience, I've begun to question this decision.)
#8. June 5th was my 15-year wedding anniversary...
... August 23rd will mark the 22nd anniversary of the day Ryan and I met.
I am still crazy about the man.
#9. While writing is one of the most satisfying -- and at times, easiest -- things I do, settling down (both physically and mentally) to write is one of the hardest.
#10. Last year, a local ice cream shop introduced a flavor called "Hot Chocolate."
Deep, dark "Zanzibar" chocolate, laced with cayenne.
Can't. Stay. Away....
As far as tagging others, I'm so very late here that I'm gonna tag anyone who reads this and hasn't done it!