The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014


So, I was talking to a friend on the phone this afternoon, out on the porch (because even though it's 107 degrees out there today and even though I supposedly have a superior network, my phone CONSTANTLY drops calls, but that's for another post). We were in the middle of one of those five or ten minute type of goodbyes that we chatty gals do. Ya know, where one thing just keeps leading to another and you just never run out of things to say. Punk had been playing in the dirt under the tree (it's futile to resist) and then trotted around the side of the house. From whence he let out a bloodcurtling scream followed by loud, traumatic crying.

(To get the full impact of this paragraph, you must read it as fast as you possibly can...Go!) My heart stopped as I dashed to get around the corner, yelling into the phone: "Punk just...I don't know. I gotta go. Bye!" Terrible things flooded my mind and I quickly settled on a bee sting. I don't know why, but it made sense then. There he was standing in the middle of the yard, screaming. My quick visual assessment assured me of three things: (1) all limbs remained attached and in proper position, (2) no blood was being spilt, and (3) no body part was being clutched in pain. I swooped him up half-cooing, half-panic-shouting, "What's wrong!?! What's the matter?!" Sobbing violently, Punk squeaked out, "It turned on!" My mind raced through all the possibilities as I followed his glance to....(you can slow down now) the air conditioner unit. I had heard it turn on with a slight bang the split-second before the scream and had tuned it out as a normal part of life in the desert. But apparently, the unexpected noise jolted Punk out of his toddler fantasy world a little too quickly for comfort.

This occurred about 3 hours ago. I'm still chuckling. But, Punk still refuses to see the humor. Which makes me chuckle all the more!

Maybe it's a case of "it takes one to laugh at one"!


Tarah said...

:) Love how the norm to us is not so normal at that age.
Don't you love when something is funny to you as a parent that is not so funny to da kiddos?? Just wait, 15 years and they will laugh at you the same way.
OH, I want to get together and wear my special sweater shirt for YOU!! :) hee hee hee hee

Brandi said...

That is too funny. I really thought he was hurt! I bet he didn't think it was funny at all that you were laughing at the big, scary machine though!

On another thought. . .I think Confessions of a Comment Junkie. . .

Love ya!

amber said...

Hehe... what a funny story!
We had a similar scenario today with Jo (unexpected blood-curdling screams coming from around the corner) -- except in our case, it really was a bee sting! (actually, two stings...)
Poor kiddo. She thoroughly milked her injury, though.... and it took several bandaids, ice cream, and a movie before she would finally agree that she was, in fact, feeling better! :)

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  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued