Thursday Open Thread

June 14, 2012

It’s Thursday! And we’ve got natural disasters on the brain.

We were hit by a small earthquake last night, just as Maya was getting ready for bed. It was 4.1 on the Richter Scale, small potatoes as far as temblors go. But the epicenter was in the next town over, so we felt a pretty good jolt.

Alex happened to be in my lap reading a book; Maya was upstairs, and when the shaking started I panicked a bit because I couldn’t get to her right away. I yelled for her to come downstairs, and by the time she did the shaking had stopped. But I had a seriously scared girl on my hands.

“What if it comes back? What if I’m asleep and it’s dark and I can’t find you? What if there’s an earthquake when I’m at Maria’s house for a playdate?” Oh, my sweet neurotic girl. DH put her to bed and when he checked on her a few minutes later, she was crying. Does that just break your heart?

I checked on her again and told her I’ve lived through many an earthquake in my almost 37 years, and never been hurt. Nor do I know anyone who has been hurt (knock wood). I also informed her that she has lived through several earthquakes already, and this is the first one she noticed/didn’t sleep through. That made her giggle. Especially when I told her about nursing an infant Alex in the middle of the night and being the only one in the house who felt an earthquake. Everyone else snored right through it.

We then talked about how every region faces disasters: blizzards, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes. Occasional earthquakes are just part of living in California. It’s a price I’m willing to pay, even though they still scare the everloving crap out of me, each and every time.

What forces of nature to do have to grapple with in your neck of the woods? How do you explain it to your kids? I really should find a kids’ book that explains seismic activity in a very easy way. Do you think that would help allay some of DD’s fears, or freak her out further?

What’s on your mind today? Chat away!