Fall weather in Ohio is really tricky…… getting the weather to cooperate for all the pumpkin festivals and hayrides can be a challenge.
Take this past Friday. We really wanted to check out Mapleside Farms during the fall festivities. The kids play area, the huge jumping thing, the apple fritters, donuts, and other artery clogging delights. But most of all, I wanted to go down the slide. It looked so fun! A super long, multi-lane slide that you can race your friends down as you sit on your burlap sack. I fantasized about the awesome family pictures I would take as we laughed and zoomed down.
Friday came and it was cold, but DRY. I had winter coats, hats, gloves. I had cash for donuts. I was ready.
My sister, my awesome sister met us there.
As I drove and parked, I marveled at how sunny it was. We walked in, saw the crowd of people lined up for the slide… Sammy was not ready to wait in line, he wanted to head to the playground first.
Ok, fine…we have plenty of time for the slide.
As the kids are playing, I see my sister walking in. Perfect timing!
And then it starts raining.
A drizzle turned into something more…. we had to hide inside the apple store to wait it out.
Afterwards, it was a lot colder outside, and a lot darker. The sun wasn’t coming back. We ate a little something, as I bitched about wasting almost $50 just to get wristbands, only to be rained out within 15 minutes.
We decided we at least had to do the slide before going home.
Well, look… no line! Seemed like the perfect time for us to go after all. Once we got closer, I realized how long it was…. We also realized why no one else was in line. It was pretty wet. The guys handing out burlap sacks to sit on were blunt about it.
“You’re going to get wet”.
My optimistic sister seems to think the bags will soak up the water. They shake their heads at her. “Oh no, there’s way too much water on that slide. Your GONNA get wet.”
I look down at my pants, and notice that even with the sun not shining, we have plenty of daylight left. I don’t feel like walking around looking like I peed myself. I’m ready to turn around.
The kids by this time wanted to go down the slide, but I was really ok with disappointing them to avoid a cold, soggy butt.
My sister jumps in and offers to slide in my place. No hesitation. I know she hasn’t been drinking, she came right from work. She must be in her right mind.
Ok. Knock yourself out!
So she takes them to the top. Settles Jenna on her lap, and Sammy next to her. His coat was actually long enough to sit on to keep his own bottom dry. I take video and pictures as they slide down, laughing just like I imagined.
Of course she got wet. But she took them two more times, with nary a complaint about it. I love my sister, braving the cold, the crowds, and the questioning looks from strangers as she proudly walked around after their trip down the slide. She risked damage to her pride, and the potential for awkward chafing to show my kids a good time.
Thanks little sister!!