Storms, Kids and Wisdom

Storm Surge in November-we're not in charge of this.

The winds are howling outside and the second storm of the year rages. It's not a snowstorm but rather winds and rain.  Gusts of up to 160km/h are expected on the west coast but here we've a mere breeze of gusts to 100.  Somehow though, it's consoling to be inside and warm as the weather raps on the windows and the lights flicker off and on, the electrical power defying the natural power of the storm.  I dropped the kids off at school this morning to avoid them blowing to Gander. The poor little things can barely stand upright when they're in this kind of wind.  I can barely stand up right and I've got some, er, extra gravity myself.

I may have dropped the ball in my commitment to write here weekly but I had a great excuse.  In addition to being caught up in a massive story on a province-wide issue, weathering the first winter storm of the year, my daughter was visiting from Ontario. When a kid comes for just seven days, the world stops and she is my focus.  But she has returned to her life in Ontario now and life returns to the normal I'm used to.

The book is coming along.  The first draft is almost complete.  I had thought to put it away until after Christmas but I see no reason for that as I still have time and the Christmas frenzy hasn't yet started.

There are no great excerpts to share, just little poignant drips of sentiment that seem to be filling the pages.

Things like this.  "He reached his hand out and touched her shoulder, a gesture of comfort that came automatically to him and a fondness for her brushed his heart then, painting it with her picture."

I will read this in the new year and frantically delete it as drivel but today, I kind of like it. I'm in a Hallmark Card-Harlequin Romance kind of mood I guess.

Meanwhile I came across this online and thought it was cute.  It's kids weighing in on some questions about marriage.  

I personally think we could take many lessons from kids. After reading this though I'm not sure relationship advice is one of them.  It does make for some entertaining reading however.

How Do You Decide Who To Marry?.

You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.
- Kirsten, age 10
What is the Right Age To Get Married?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
- Camille, age 10
No age is good to get married at. You got to be a fool to get married.
- Freddie, age 6
How Can A Stranger Tell If Two People Are Married?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
- Derrick, age 8
What Do Your Think Your Mom and Dad Have In Common?
Both don't want any more kids.
- Lori, age 8
What Do Most People Do On A Date?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
- Lynnette, age 8
On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
- Martin, age 10
What Would You Do On A First Date That Was Turning Sour?
I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.
- Craig, age 9
When Is It Okay To Kiss Someone?
When they're rich.
- Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
- Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them & have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
- Howard, age 8
Is It Better To Be Single or Married?
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
- Anita, age 9
How Would The World Be Different If People Didn't Get Married?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?
- Kelvin, age 8
How Would You Make a Marriage Work?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck.
- Ricky, age 10

Sound advice.   As to the last one--think I'll go shine up my headlights a little!