The house was quiet.
I was enjoying the time to sip my coffee and get a few things done.
Hayden was at school and the little kids had, in their minds, done their mandatory time outside in the cold and were now being rewarded with some time watching their new favorite new show, ‘Bubble Guppies’.
Moments like these are few and far between and I just relish them when they come.
I breathed in the silence and took a sip of coffee when suddenly…
The noise followed by the screams of my children cause me to choke, sputter and couch up my coffee. I set my cup down and walked in the the living room to find Quinn covering his ears, Jake running around in a circle screaming and Claire looked like she was about to cry.
“THE IS A TEST OF THE EMERGENCY BROAD CAST SYSTEM….”
I now understood what was going on but unfortunately my children did not. I found the remote and muted the TV so that at least that noise would stop.
“Boys and Girls!” I said at the top of my voice to be heard over top their screams, “Its alright. Please stop screaming.”
They all looked at me and the screaming stopped but Quinn, still unsure, kept his hands over his ears.
“Everything is fine,” I began but was not able to finish because Jake chimed him.
“Momma!” he said eyes wide as saucers looking from me to the silenced TV, “it is time to get into our space ship and go to outer space?”
As my brain processed what he said, I could only laugh because I was pretty sure the sarcastic statement of, “Sure, Jake. Let me get the family rocket out of the closet,” would be lost on him.