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.


Julie said...

You crack me up! What a parent wont do, huh! I probably would have waited in the car. I hate being cold, I love looking at it, but hate being in it. I also grew up in Co, and people used to question why I was cold...you know, because I grew up in Co. I always tell them "I don't have antifreeze in my veins!" Some people.

Jan Parrish said...

You are such a trooper. I love the photo you have on there. Tim played baseball and it was the same thing. "The game must go on."

"It's a man thing. It makes them tough." my DH says.

Ralph said...

The story may be true but I'm not real sure about the pic :) Got a pair of red shoes? Maybe you could click your heels 3 times and say "I wish I were in VanHorne"

Loretta said...

Colorado weather rocks! And now you're a Coloradoan...congrats. Yes, we were out in that same weather! Snow, rain, wind, sun all in the same day. And yes, it does lightning in the snow.

Feel free to brag now!

ChicagoGirl said...

I hear ya Rob! I went to work the other day looking at the sunshine and wearing a light jacket, it was 50 degrees. I left work lookng at snow flurries, wearing a co-workers parka and saying nasty things under my breath. CALIFORNIA WHERE ARE YOU????

Ruthie said...

Very cool story! And so true of our beautiful Colorado.
It was great to meet you the other day! :)