I’ve been trying not to stress out, because our book tour is coming up and my father is coming to visit after not seeing me for twenty years – at least I think he is. So the pressure is leaking into my dreams. Today I woke up after a really confusing dream, which I don’t really recall, except I was in a car at one point and the dream also had snakes in it. Big scary cobra-sized poisonous snakes. When I woke up, for a few seconds I wasn’t sure that reality was real.
So I am sitting up in bed, trying to fights of the tattered shreds of this dream, hoping there are no cobras under my bed, and I hear, “Oh my God. Oh my God!”
This is coming from my husband. Gordon is pretty much as unflappable as you can get. One time while in the Army he stepped on a nail. It went all the way into his foot. So he pulls two inches of nail out and he says, “Sonovabitch.” “Oh my God!” is right off the scale for him in terms of reaction.
So I sit in my bed and my mind cycles through possibilities. Something might be on fire. Dogs redecorated the living room with diarrhea. Someone killed a small woodland creature and brought us a corpse. Something vital broke. I’m sitting there and hoping against hope, “Please don’t let it be something bad.”
“We have to show this to your Mom.”
Please don’t let it be something bad with the kids.
The door swing open and Kid 2 runs in. Kid 2, by the way, looks like this. Here she is in a crochet top I made. This is her latest hair color. She’s done red, pink, purple, and finally settled on blue.
Her head is completely white. White. I’m sitting there and for a split second I am convinced that either I’m seeing things, I’m still dreaming, or my kid has gone prematurely grey.
Apparently she decided to go back to a more natural color – even though the rest of us been suggesting it for months, she was adamant about bright colors – and she just stripped the color out herself. Her make up wasn’t finished so you don’t get the whole portrait, but there you go.
First thing in the morning.
I’m ready to face the day.
I might have to buy her a small dragon to carry around.