23 August 2011

seismic activity.

earthquake day.

Maybe you heard about the little shake-up in our part of the world today.  I have never been in an earthquake before and I am not a geologist, but I think as earthquakes go this must have been a middlish one: big enough to knock frames off walls and rattle some bones, but small enough that the story-swapping afterward ("what were you doing when it hit?" "I was sure it was my washer/building boiler/neighbor's drug lab exploding") was lighthearted and the tiniest bit competitve. 

And so in the spirit of the day I hereby claim the title for Best Kid Explanation--Elliott remains convinced that there was an orangutan outside the house shaking it.  One that we should find and shoot (yikes).  Also for Grossest Dash To Safety--Owen was up to his elbows in meatloaf we were making and Elliott was halfway down a popsicle, so as I grabbed their arms (well above the sticky elbows and wrists) to head for the hallway, I was much more focused on instructions like "Try not to touch the walls!" than "Get down and cover your head!"  Priorities, people.  Then there's Gladdest She Cut Down That Rotting Tree Next To The House and Fastest Response From a Traveling Husband, who called from Texas moments after the quake, alerted by an interrupted phone meeting with coworkers back here.  Why he needs to be in Texas to talk to DC colleagues on the phone remains unexplained.  And finally, I granted myself the prize of Very Deserving of a 3 PM Pint of Cider, because just when I was feeling copasetic about the earthquake, I remembered we have a hurricane headed our way.  Ah, Mother Nature.

4 comments:

Kan said...

It was wonderful to discuss the shake up with dear Elliott. Clearly, his expressive eyebrows said, I was lucky to have him around to explain it to me.

CARU said...

Where did you live? I move to Canada a month ago, do my English is not welll yet. But I live in Chile all my life and the quakes are really common. I lives two earthquakes and the last one with my 4 years old boy. Always teached me what is a quake, so i did the same with my son, after the earthquake there is a lot of infografia on internet about it and showed him how the land move. Now he understand and don't afraid to quakes.

CARU said...

Forgot, your blog is really cute and nice, i hope use well the words. I like it!!

mama-pan | mary frances said...

thanks, CARU! We are on the US East coast, so the quake that happened was quite unusual--thanks for the tip to look up diagrams online; my sons would love that!

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