Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sledding


These geese are part of the millions flock or two that frequent my parents' yard next door. I took this on Sunday, the day after the storm.

They visit my parents multiple times a day for a 24/7 all-u-can-eat buffet food and water. But on Sunday afternoon, they were quite taken aback at the goings on in that yard, so they steered clear. With good reason.

The Chesapeake Bay Children and a couple of their friends were busy wreaking havoc, shooting BB guns and trying to maim each other with snowballs sledding down an incline there.

Now I should mention that we don't really have a functioning sled, just like we don't have a functioning anything snow shovel. But that did not deter the CB Children.

Not one bit.

After I mentally plotted my snow evacuation route to the nearest hospital for BB gun wounds but before I could holler, "Why are you dragging THAT all the way across the yard?" they had devised their own way of tackling this sled-less situation.

Yes, they did what anyone else would do.

They dragged the canoe to the back yard and pushed each other down the hill in it.

Welcome to Chesapeake Bay Woman's house, where on any given day you might see a crazed woman wondering what normal families are doing hoeing the snow while her children slide down hills and embankments in a canoe. No paddles required. BB gun optional.

p.s. "You'll shoot your eye out!" is the line from one of my all-time favorite movies that also involves snow. What is it?

OK, since that was too easy, how does one reconcile the fact that as a child one was free to do whatever one wanted--including riding a pony on the shoulder of Route 198 from Hudgins to the Tastee Freeze-- with no parental supervision, yet as the parent one cannot help but envision every possible worst-case scenario such as eyes being shot out or bones and teeth being broken by canoes sliding and sledding running amok?

16 comments:

jennifer said...

Yes the first question was easy and the second was harder.

There is a comedian called Jimmy Dean who lives here in Alabama. He says that children became "precious" and adults now try to protect "precious" at all cost.

Keep warm!

Bayman said...

The two partialy frozed teenagers from my comment yesterday, were allegedly seen being pulled behind a car on the island IN A CANOE!

There must be something in the water.

Ann Marie said...

Canoe.. dang ya'll got it good up the road! Round these parts.. car hoods, tubes made for summer use, NOTHING!
All pulled behind whatever you can get your hands on.. including horses! Which make no sense.

WV angievak- Oh... Angievak can you please pass by here and clean up the peanuts I spilled??

ghostless said...

Well, pony riding on the highway is not a dying art! Mike called me from his cell on Sunday as he left for Staunton. He had just left the house! me: "What's wrong?"
Mike: "Some crazy @#$%^! woman is riding her horse down the middle of the road, on the ice, in and out of both lanes of traffic! and she didn't even wave thank you when the cars stopped to let her by!"
This by the way took place between Susan and Mathews!
wv: iciabo- as in the wound you see when you fall out of your canoe or off your horse in the snow!

Ann Marie said...

ghostless! We saw the same crazy $W%#$@ and called her as much. She was VERY rude about it. The horse had more manners than she did.. she by the way road from Susan to Food Lion she had a bag from food lion with her.
and if by chance the lady who was on the horse is reading this....I am not concerned in the least ...
YOU ARE JUST PLAIN RUDE!
I am all for a good horseback ride. (ok I am not really cause I am scared of them) but i have really good friends who are and they don't do that crap...
Oh and for the record she wasn't a very good rider and it appeared that the amount of bouncing she was doing would cause a pain in her rear like she caused so many a driver!

Breezeway said...

Love that line and "He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.He's a pink nightmare!" That movie is hysterical, probably because we can relate to it! My sisters and I used to sit in my parents garage and shoot the bb gun at an old washpan that hung on the wall. You might be a redneck if....
And by the way, if this weekends snow actually happens (God forbid!) - get the CB children a Spivey door! Those make GREAT sleds!

Ann Marie said...

I am sorry.. I hijacked to rant.. opps.

WV meshaer- Meshaer way too much this morning!

Perry said...

I never thought of using the canoe, but then, I grew up in New England where we had an array of all types of sledding devices left behind by older cousins.

Thanks for the laugh.

Daryl said...

I was sure you were going to say they used the top of a plastic trash can .. one of the BIG ones ..

Grandma J said...

Oh my! Look at your mother's geese in that snow! It's a far cry from the scenario in July! I'm surprised your mother didn't invite them inside the house to warm up and have a good meal. She's kind like that.

Sledding in a canoe and you didn't get any pictures?

sorry I'm playing catch up. Vacations aren't cooperating with my blogging.

Meg at the Members Lounge said...

CBW, kids were so resourceful in the day. One of my friends tells a story where her kids were out with their bb guns, and "accidentally" shot another friend, with the bb lodging in his forehead. No worries, the kids just vacuumed it out.

Mental P Mama said...

Let's blame all our fears on the media. That's what I want to do;)

big hair envy said...

Next Wednesday you'll have to ask Cool Breeze about his one and only canoe/sledding incident!!! Priceless!! There was bourbon involved....

"A bonified turkacanis FREAK!" or "Flick? Flick WHO?" Bwahahaha!!

WV: addlep
Addlep up to the bar, and I'll pour you a glass of wine!!

Jamie said...

We are finally getting snow... I am silently praying for a mental health day off of work, though with the kids home, it just might be a mental day. Thinking I should have my kayak here... might make a better sled than the sled.

TSannie said...

Worst-case scenario imagining is a specialty of mine. Just call me if you need pointers!

Annie said...

I thought you were going to say they used the door off the car...any car. Why on earth would that thought pop into my head!