5 years, 1 month.
We had originally planned to drive straight to Nonna and Papa’s house after I got off of work last Wednesday, on December 23rd.
However, it quickly became common knowledge that tornado-inducing weather would be surrounding us if we did.
So instead, our family stayed home that night, spending about an hour and a half in the downstairs bathroom over the course of a tornado warning.
You and I watched clips from the Rocky movies on my phone; like both of the fights between Rocky and Clubber Lang (Mr. T).
We made the most of it, but it is definitely problematic that the one room in the house you’re supposed to go to during a tornado is, by default, the most uncomfortable one for a family to hang out in.
I assume that in most houses, the bathroom in the middle of the house on the main floor is also the most cramped.
Had we been able to go to the bathroom connected to Mommy’s and my bedroom, we would have been fine because the walk-in closet is connected it.
However, that’s on the corner of the house so I guess it’s less safe in the event a tornado brushed by that corner of the house.
After the tornado warning was finally over, Mommy and I let you set up your Noah’s Ark camping tent (which was pretty relevant to the story, actually) and you got to sleep next to our bed.
That was a special treat for you because the last time we let you sleep in the same room as us, you were still a newborn.
I had predicted this at the time, and turns out I was right, that we actually could have gotten away with driving to Nonna and Papa’s house the night of the storm, because the storms were actually north and south of us the whole time.
But we obviously didn’t take that chance.
Sure, we had a wonderful Christmas once we got there. No chaos or conflict to speak of.
None except for that which I created in my web series, Uncle Nick’s Enchanted Forest, which I filmed 8 webisodes of while we were there.