Tuesday, April 29, 2008
A True Weather Story
The picture above is ME making my way to our car after the soccer game.
The following story is true. The names have not been changed because I don't care about anonymity - I care about warmth.
Saturday we left our home at 10:15 a.m. to go to the store and buy drinks and then head over to Noah’s soccer game.
Weather: Blue sky, beautiful, a bit breezy.
We get to Noah’s game at around 10:40, at which point we all put on the coats that were in the trunk.
Weather: Cold and windy
10:55 John has Noah put on his hooded jacket on underneath his jersey so he can play with it on.
Weather: You’re kidding me? The kids are going to play?
11:20 John and I are huddled on our lawn chairs, fighting over who gets to hold fur covered Scooby. Noah and his soccer cohorts are playing strong.
Weather: We live in Denver.
11:30 Halftime - Scooby and I take a walk to try to find a place out of the Arctic wind. John walks over to Noah to give him a puff of Albuterol. Noah and teammates have formed a human ball covered by several coats. Coach is walking around in short sleeves wondering what the big deal is.
Weather: That’s it, John. We are moving!
11:45 John: “Those are snowflakes.”
Me: “No, they aren’t.”
John: “Actually, yes they are.”
Weather: It is SNOWING on April 26th and it is COLD.
11:55 Noah is playing in a blizzard of wind and snow. The refs will only end the game if it is lightning. Parents keep asking the ref how much longer. When he says, “6 minutes,” a couple of dads offer him a bribe to say 2. He declines. Noah looks at us once as if we are child abusers. At this point, we are.
Weather: Blizzard. Scooby’s face is white.
12:01 In a mad dash, I hand out Capri Sun drinks as mother beside me hands out fruit snacks. Children take them and run to their cars. Everyone is happy and laughing.
I am in state between pride for living through this a Colorado moment and fury, for living through this, a Colorado moment.
Weather: Ridiculous - I wish I had my camera.
12:45 We drive into our condo complex, ready to go inside and eat lunch.
Weather: Blue sky, breezy but all clear. What?
Today is Tuesday. It is in the 70’s and absolutely beautiful. Noah and I have stayed home today. Apparently, my boy caught a cold.