Monday, January 17, 2011

together, safe


The weekend felt as long and restful, as full of friends and time together as I'd hoped it would. I hope yours was nice, too.

Moving through my shadowy house last night near midnight, I was acutely aware of its size, its solidity, its paradoxical peacefulness even as the wind raged outside. I felt complete calm; totally in it with Alexi as we moved bedding and kids to the first floor so we could all sleep in our office, the safest spot should a tree fall on our house. I woke up sore from sleeping on a fold out couch, but I didn't mind. The boys woke up surprised not to be in their own beds, excited, wanting to know when we could do it again. I found myself wondering the same thing. I'm not always one to do the thing that's disruptive, that doesn't involve staying in my warm and cozy bed, scared, just hoping the trees don't fall on us.

12 comments:

caknitter said...

Good to know you and your family is safe today. :-)

susie said...

Thank you for posting about this. It makes me feel that I didn't overreact by carrying Audrey downstairs to the basement bedroom last night.(Matt waved me off, and Jonah's room is sheltered so he wasn't at risk.) I always think of you when there is a windstorm and the trees outside of my house thrash around. Maybe now is the time to finally cut them down?

Tea said...

Wasn't the wind last night crazy? I'm so high there's nothing to fall on me, but the wind was whipping around the place making too much noise to sleep. At one point I literally pulled the blankets over my head!

Better safe than sorry, eh?

Purple Flowers said...

Glad you and your family are safe. It must have been a very cozy night.

Francesca said...

We occasionally have to sleep in the living room by the fireplace when the power fails because of winter storms. And occasionally have to do it just because our kids think it's fun! Glad you're all safe, hope the wind has calm down.

Valerie said...

camping in your own house can be fun ! we did that once one summer there was an unusual heatwave and the upper levels were too hot.
i hope nothing fell down and you have no damage to your property.

Cathy said...

Glad you're safe. Another adventure and lasting family memory for the boys.

Eulália Tadeu said...

hi Lecia
I read your blog every day. I love it. You are so sweet and your life and your boys remember me the old times when my boys (actually 20 and 23) have the same age of yours.
Im a portuguese teacher and I think that you are a very special womam anda a great mum. I don't express my ideas in english very well but I wont to tell you that I admire you and your family and your way of life. If someday you come to portugal i'm glead to receive you in my house. Thank you for all the words you write every day in your blog that make my days happy. Yes you are right : the life and the days are dessert.
Eulália

Erin said...

Really glad a tree didn't fall on you guys!

I remember sleeping in the living room as a kid, all of us cuddled up on the floor on stacks of blankets. Your kids will never forget it.

Ivy Lane said...

so glad all is safe and calm....

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

That seems pretty scary. Good you all have each other. Stay warm and safe.

KPiep said...

I'm glad you were able to create a peaceful safe situation for your kids. When I was young I was absolutely terrorized by our tornado warning routine - which had us all move to the basement to sleep on the fold-out couch.