Last Monday as I camped on the deck with the small children
and made forays into the house and garage for things we needed
I realised we didn't just need hot tea and food
we needed some comfort as well.
I have an enormous cupboard of quilts
by the door that I can grab for sitting on and wrapping ourselves in.
I have a bunch of plastic cups by that cupboard
all ready for drinking.
I have a drawer right by the door with the radio,
the wipes the candles and such like.
The hand sanitiser just lives right by the door all the time.
What I'm going to make now is a pretty bag
(decorated with my Scout badges)
and fill it with goodies to comfort and entertain the small people
and keep the big people busy
while we wait for time to pass
and the ground to stop shaking
next time there is a big aftershock.
I'm going to put in:
pens and paper for both children
sweets and chocolate
knitting needles and lovely wool for me
(I think it helps the children to see mum doing something
normal and being all calm!!)
a book to read to the children
a couple of toys
For if the events of the last 9 months
have taught us anything,
it's that this is the new normal for us now!
Being prepared is for the smart kids.