Yesterday, around 2:30pm, I realized it was raining.
Now, Boo and I have this deal about rain. If it’s raining during the daytime, we have to go outside.
We only adopted this deal because MamMaw bought her a Minnie Mouse umbrella, but it was always fun.
So, when I saw that it was raining, I got up and went downstairs.
We got out the umbrella and went out the front door, We were both excited.
So excited that not only had we not dressed very… appropriately …for the occasion- Me in a red tank top and red sweat pants, her in her SpongeBobSquarePants gown, underneath her Princess dress and Fairy wings- we had also not been very prepared.
Two steps onto the cold concrete floor and I knew we needed shoes. So I turned around and yanked on the knob.
It was locked,
There I was, in my pajamas.
A four year old, in her pajamas and a freakin‘ FAIRY PRINCESS COSTUME!
With only a Minnie Mouse Umbrella to face a downpour!
The only person in the house is upstairs, asleep.
The doorbell doesn’t work.
No one will be home for an hour or more.
Then, I get a GENIUS idea! The back door!
So I turn to Boo and say “Stay RIGHT HERE baby, okay?”
She says “Okay.” with a quivering lip and tears in her eyes, threatening to spill over.
I give her a hug and promise to be right back.
I then quickly run around the two other town homes to the left of us,
around them, past the pool and back behind our own town home.
I slow down, walking triumphantly to to the door,
(even knowing there is a bunch of tubs to be removed from the entry way of the door),
Turn the knob.
So I turn around and head back to the front porch.
When I arrive to the carport, I see that I now have a crying 4 year old in a Fairy Princess costume.
I hug her and we get her calmed down. I explain the situation to her and I sit down to think.
She sits down next to me and I put my arm around her.
I think about all the options:
1) Wait for someone to get home in the carport for an hour or more
2) Throw objects at the upstairs window (and hope that I: a. hit it, b. wake up my boyfriend’s brother, c. don’t break it)
3) Walk to a store (in the rain with a four year old, barefoot in pajamas and her in a fairy princess costume, with only a Minnie mouse umbrella) and use the phone (and hope that a. they let me use the phone (also provided they HAVE one), b. I remember phone numbers, c. someone answers)
4) Climb onto the roof/awning in front of the double windows of my bedroom window which were open
I had to admit, my best option was probably NOT the one I chose.
I decided on #4.
So I picked up Boo and we walked around back.
I had a stroke of genius. I could just lift Boo up there and she could climb through.
I knew the roof awning was safe. A man had walked very casually across it just the day before.
But Boo refused. and with tears.
So I got out a patio chair, stood in it and began to scale the slightly unstable metal columns beneath the awning. But, they were too far under, it was too wet and I was too scared and too heavy for the columns.
Boo saw this too and yelled out ” I don’t want you to do this, I’ll do it, I’LL DO IT!”
So I got down and talked to her.
She said she was sure, with tears in her eyes.
So I stood in the patio chair and lifted her up onto the roof awning.
She climbed Mowgli (from the Jungle Book) style to the window, pausing halfway to turn around and say “Look Mommy, I’m doing it!”
She climbs through the window, and I begin to RUN.
I run past the 2 other town home backs, around the corner, across the town home fronts and straight to the front door.
Just in time to watch Boo run back up the stairs.
So I begin to knock and yell her name.
After about a minute, she returns and I discover the door was open the whole time. she Had thought it was stuck, because it was hard to open, but she had gotten it cracked.
Anyways. We threw out wet clothes into the dryer and got on some dry ones.
Then we ate some tomato soup and grilled cheese.
As we ate our soup and sandwiches, she looked at me and I said “We had an adventure, didn’t we baby?”
And she says “Yeah, but let’s never do it again!”
Not my best parenting moment. But not too bad, I guess… lol
What do you think?