-El Niño has arrived. The forecast says rain all week in L.A.
Here's what’s great:
-Kids’ excitement at seeing something fall from the sky
-A valid excuse for getting them late to school.
-Ending the drought*
*I have no idea if this storm is going to end the drought.
Here's what sucks:
-I haven’t bought the kids new rain boots in 2 years, so their feet are stuffed into boots they’ve outgrown in both size and theme (Star Wars has replaced Thomas, Doc McStuffins is the new Elmo).
-We dropped the ball on harvesting rainwater.
-One child has an umbrella (Hello Kitty-- still acceptable). The other child has no umbrella because he broke it when trying to use it as a weapon against the tree. The tree won.
-Umbrellas for children should be outlawed. Why do kids need umbrellas in Los Angeles? They have hooded jackets and they’re just getting in and out of cars.
-All the cafés are crowded. This means slower Wifi, fewer parking spots, and a run on almond milk and avocado toast.
-Any inside place I decide to take the kids after school will be muddy and packed.
-L.A. roads were not designed for rain. We pray for rain to end the drought** and then we don’t know how to get around in the rain.
**Again, I have no idea if this storm is going to end the drought
Let the kids jump in puddles (prep plenty of towels near the front door)
(I admit, I need another blog post to address how I cope with my kids wanting to help in the kitchen)
-Use Amazon Prime same-day delivery for a kid’s dinosaur umbrella. I didn’t see any Star Wars-themed ones, which is for the best because he would inevitably mix it up with all the other Star Wars umbrellas at school and/or probably get tired of it. Dinos are classic.
-Google “harvesting rainwater” which leads to a search on how much rain we need to end the drought***
***Still not sure.
-Stay dry and write a blog post.
So, what's your coping mechanism when it's raining and pouring and the old man is snoring? Be a big kid and share!
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