Thursday January 07th 2010, 11:24 pm
Filed under: Family,Life

I can’t tell you any stories from today’s 4.1, because I had a bad night last night, got up, gave up, went back to bed, and zonked out hard through the whole thing this morning.  So here’s an old story to make up for it.

Our kids were a lot littler and we were at Back-to-School night.  I got our third grader’s classroom, Richard took the first grader’s; the rooms were packed with parents sitting on tiny chairs.

The first grade teacher was explaining how the children had been taught right from the get-go what the earthquake safety rules were: duck and cover, ie, get under their desk and hold onto the legs so that the top of the desk would protect them from any flying debris.

In the God-has-a-sense-of-humor department, a 4-point-something hit *as she was saying that.*  My sweetie dutifully raises his hand, and–

–okay, wait, picture this here. The man is 6’8″. He is big boned. He is big everything.

–and asks so very innocently, “Are we supposed to get under these desks now?”

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The first earthquake I experienced was in Tokyo. It was a very pleasant feeling, as it rolled me back and forth in in the top bunk. (The bunk had little walls on the edge so I was in no danger of falling)

Comment by Diana Troldahl 01.08.10 @ 6:26 am

I’m glad you finally got some rest, even through an earthquake… :-S

Comment by Suzanne in Mtl 01.08.10 @ 6:47 am

With that sense of humor it is SO clear that the two of you are meant for each other!

Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 01.08.10 @ 7:02 am

I’m betting you’re not the only one who still remembers that story. And I think sleeping through an earthquake might top my mother’s sleeping through a panty raid in nursing school… Her roommate reports that she sat up, waved and said “Hi, guys!” as her head hit the pillow again.

Comment by Channon 01.08.10 @ 8:06 am

Good story. 😎

Comment by sherry in idaho 01.08.10 @ 8:52 am

During my time in California, we learned that there are two scales, the richter scale, and the sleeping teenager scale. It takes an awful lot to wake a sound-asleep teen (or a ‘post-teen’ who really needs the sleep.

Comment by LauraN 01.08.10 @ 9:23 am

We had an earthquake here in central Ohio a number of years ago, but I was driving with four kids in the car and never noticed!

Comment by Abby 01.08.10 @ 9:27 am

I was at the doctor’s office yesterday for a physical, and Cliff was in the room with me. Very quietly Cliff said, “That’s an earthquake.” And the doctor said, “Yeah”. I didn’t feel a thing. No sense, no feeling.

Fun –

What do you call a polar bear wearing ear muffs?
Anything you want. He can’t hear you.

What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?

Comment by Don Meyer 01.08.10 @ 10:43 am

Oh, that’s marvelous!

And Don, I *love* ‘tinsilitis’! That is absolutely what the cat has!

Comment by RobinH 01.08.10 @ 11:56 am

Tinsilitis! LOL!!! And as to sleeping through anything–good for you! Probably felt like Mom rocking you in a rocking chair when you were a half-pint.

Comment by Karen L 01.08.10 @ 7:03 pm

I can just *picture* Richard trying to fit under a first-grade desk–it’d look like a hat on him! LOL!

Comment by Karen L 01.08.10 @ 7:05 pm

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