Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Don't be afraid!
The other day, I was watching the Sound of Music with the kids after dark. There was a thunderstorm raging, and the electricity snapped off, leaving us in darkness. This happens a lot around here, and the kids know they must not all panic and scream. (What happened the first few times the electricity popped off when they were much younger.) Nevertheless, I could hear timorous tittering all around me, as I groped for the lighter to light a candle with. I could hear my seven-year-old nervously telling our dog, "Don't be afraid, Shasta! Don't be afraid! Just don't be afraid!" When I held up the small flame, there she was on the floor with our rather large dog, arms clasped around the dog's neck in a stranglehold. "Don't be afraid, Shasta!"