Now I'm sitting here and it is just past 11:00 pm Saturday night. I'm trying to think of something to write because I need something before Sunday. Sunday is not a day of writing for me. Sunday is a day of worship, and I use the whole day.
What to write about? The deer that were in the yard eating the corn my husband threw out of the garage because the mice had found it? How the buck had caught us watching him from the window and stomped his foot at us before the three ran off into the woods, white tails pointed to the sky? The train ride that nothing happened on, except I got to play lots of "Words With Friends" and "Candy Crush"? More great things about my daughter and grandson? Oh, or... Okay. Got it.
I had just gotten back from PA and was in RI with my husband who works in RI, though we live in ME. I was almost ready for lights out when I got a phone call. It was from our son who was caring for our animals - Purrsee and Pippi - while we were away. He works in hospital security and has the 3 to 11pm shift most weeknights, so he had to have been just getting to our house, which is about 20 minutes away from his.
We are out in the middle of nowhere...like there is one road to get to our house - 7 miles of one road, over two bridges to get to the second island off the mainland. I had looked at the WeatherChannel on my phone earlier in the day and noticed that the weather was going to be bad there again. It's not the best place to have to drive when the weather's bad.
When I answered the phone I asked him what was up...it's after 11 and it's snowing...there has to be something amiss. He asked if I had a key hidden somewhere like in the garage or under a snowbank or something.
My heart sank.
That meant that he couldn't get in our house, and it was late. He'd forgotten to take our house key when he'd left for work, and it was still back at his house a 20-minute-in-good-weather drive away.
I asked him how the driving was. "Terrible. Lots of slush on top of ice, hard to stop, hard to keep from being jerked around in the ruts of ice and slush."
So I told him, don't worry about it. Just go home and stay there. The cat is fine. The dog is...well, if she can't make it until morning, we'll just clean up later.
"Just go home and stay there"...again I said it. "Don't worry about them"...I repeated.
"Okay, mom... I'm getting in the car now...gotta go."
"Just go home and stay there. Don't worry about them." Did I say that before?
"Drive safely. They'll be fine."
"Yup. I'm getting in the car now..."
1:25 am - I hear the beep on my phone.
I have a text. I put on my glasses and grab my phone.
"Pippi has gone out. Everything's ok."
"I'm glad I didn't know you were doing this or I'd have worried too much."
"That's why I didn't tell you."
He's a smart guy.