Teacher-Moms, on the edge…
I live in Texas so it’s next to impossible to catch this elusive season. If you blink you’ve missed the perfect bluebonnet (not that my kids or dogs would ever sit still long enough to take that picture), and that one afternoon that would have been the perfect patio beer drinking whether you have to pick up and cart around 3 kids, tutor, clean the house, cook dinner, exercise, go grocery shopping, and do some laundry. Better luck next year (you’d have better luck winning the lottery.)
I don’t mind weather – even if it’s severe. I’ve been through hurricanes, close calls with tornadoes, and more hail storms than I can count, but Pavlov (aka my husband) has trained me well – if weather is on it’s way you better have your phone charged and the car in the garage!
Prior to my training – I got a new car…but it wasn’t exciting.
At the end of every soccer season we have a party, usually a pizza party. So we’re at said pizza party and my phone is in the car charging (because my son wanted to play a game – draining my battery). When it started to rain there was no sense in running outside to get it. Until it started to hail! How long does hail last? We better get home kids! Oh, did I mention I wasn’t in my car? My car was in the shop getting an oil change so my husband brought home a car off the lot. A really nice car. A really nice new car. A really nice new car…that isn’t ours…that’s getting hailed on…a lot.
Apparently you shouldn’t drive in hail, it’s some math/science thing about force and speed and really big dents. And my new smart phone didn’t help me out at all when my husband was calling endlessly (prior to the storm) to tell me to get home, but it was smart aleck-y when I got home and I had 14 voice mails and 3 severe weather warnings.
Long story short. A $70 oil change turned into $8200 worth of damage on a car with 37 miles.
Can you understand why I get a little drool-y and twitchy when weather blows in? Not because I’m scared of Mother Nature, but because I’m scared we’ll have to buy another new car.
What weather calamity in your area causes a rise in adrenaline?