I am balancing a kitten on my lap named Calculator whose nickname is Lappylater. The twos of us are sitting on the bed in a hotel room.
Are you lovelies on vacation? you might be wondering. No. Oh no.
We had some plumbing trouble. I think I mentioned that. Yesterday a couple of guys came from a restoration company to tear out the only two floors in my home that were new and cleanable and then placed four industrial sized fans and one dehumidifier. The kids and I were in the dining room trying to do school when they turned everything on.
Have you ever tried to teach school in a wind tunnel to a hearing impaired child?
I asked how long the fans would need to go, hoping the answer would be ten minutes.
“Two days and don’t turn them off because you are just delaying the process.”
We grabbed a blanket, hauled our books outside and reconvened on the front lawn. We also ate our lunch there. My heart just constricted remembering bumping around with Torey trying to make lunch and get ready for a class we take on Thursday afternoons.
I know that there are far more challenging places to be and yet a sign that one’s situation is not ideal is when one find’s oneself looking forward to teaching 17 preschoolers for two hours in a classroom the size of a shoe box as a sort of reprieve from one’s home.
When we returned to the aircraft carrier I looked up the name of our insurance claim representative and negotiated a stay in a hotel. I placed the call from my kitchen to give perspective. She balked at first but when I mentioned that I was sitting in my front yard with the deaf child trying to do school she saw my point.
“How many people are in your house?
I hesitated for the merest moment, “Eight.”
“My sister and her family are staying with us.”
“Your biological sister?”
“How many rooms are we looking at?”
So we are staying in a two bedroom suite, just because we weren’t in close enough quarters before.
I need to go as Paul is trying to put the kids in bed per my loving and respectful request.
I hope everyone is well and dry and not surrounded by fans.
I am well and dry and surrounded by my fam, but no fans.