Ethan’s weather forecast for today: “Northwest wind blowing hugs and occasional kisses.”
We took Ethan and Madeleine to Santa’s Workshop in Newburyport today. Madeleine was terrified of the whole process—she’s entered her “stranger anxiety” phase, so sitting in the lap of a scary old man with bad fashion sense wasn’t on her list of must-do experiences today—but Ethan had no such reservations.
He settled right into Santa’s lap and immediately rattled off his wish list: ”A lightning book, a hurricane book, a torando book, and blue mouth wash.”
Santa didn’t quite know what to make of the requests, but he played along nicely. What Santa didn’t know is that Ethan is obsessed with “wild weather”—specifically tornadoes, waterspouts, and dust devils, though he won’t say no to a really loud thunderstorm, either.
It started with an actual thunderstorm this summer. The lightning scared him pretty badly, so we tried to calm him down and explain what was happening as scientifically as possible to a three-year-old. This led, eventually, to a trip to Borders and a couple of Eyewitness-style books about weather.
Now he’s full-on enraptured by stormy weather. He draws picures of tornadoes all day long (including “tornado family,” “Christmas tornadoes,” etc). He spins around like a tornado at school. We watch tornado videos together on YouTube as a special treat. Basically, he’s interested in anything and everything to do with tornadoes and wild weather. So that part of his wish list makes perfect sense.
But the blue mouthwash? Not sure where that one came from.
Next year, I will clean the gutters before everything inside them freezes.