Driving down the highway with two kids in the back - full of bubbles and chocolate and bonhomie - just a plain-jane day, went for a bicycle ride earlier but nothing really sensational happening and maybe we'll bake something tonight.....
and suddenly the skies OPENED UP and there was a DELUGE and the back of the car fell silent
and there was a whiff of consternation in the warbly voice that whispered
'Mama, why is the rain thumping so hard on the car?'
and then there was a CRACK OF THUNDER
and the kids both went white and shoved their noses against the glass while straining to still hold hands across the car seats
and you can't make the weather change - can barely see to drive the car - and oh, God, the road is flooding and am I sliding? am I skidding? This feels like a skid.... turn into the skid (I think) and my GOD the water is fountaining up over the car into the opposite lane
and from the back seat: 'Mama?'
What would you do?
There is nothing else. You must not let these children feel like they are anything but safe with you. This means that this can NOT be scary.
So, you work one hand across the dashboard until you feel the volume knob and you turn it waaay up and wag your fool head off to Crazy Frog.
Which makes them giggle. AND the rain is slowing to a dull roar. Success!
So, apologies to anyone who passed me on the way back home today. I wasn't ignoring you. And I wasn't having a seizure.
I had some dancin' to do.