We had another 12 day work stretch. (That is what happens when Sam works through a weekend and doesn’t stop till the next weekend) Those are the killers. I am now aquiring wisdom and am going to have to do something smart to relieve the work load during those long work spurts. At the end of the 12 day stretch, Sam and I were over and out. We needed refreshment and I needed to get out of the house! So, we spontaneously decided to go to the Elbsandgebirge also known as the Sächsische Schweiz or, in English, Saxony’s Switzerland. (one of my favorite places to go)
We went a very easy route that the kids could do and being that we were both fizzeled and fried we didn’t make too much effort to keep our kids close. Which was dumb. We have one kid who is very self reliant and actually quite skilled when it somes to her own body cordination; that would be the Hu. Our other kid, CurlyQ, feels safest when we are in sight, which makes our lives a little less difficult. Our other kid, Preciousbabe, is too little and gets strapped to my back whether she likes it or not. (It is tough being little.)
So here we go: the begining of the Teufelschlücht.“Hey girls, can you turn around and stop for a picture!!” The Hu runs as fast as she can in the other direction and CurlyQ turns and gives me a good teethy Americana.It led into a really fun cave and steps and another cave and steps and steps and more steps and slimmy mud and oh it was perfect.This is me showing off my nice A§$. Not really, but looks like it doesn’t it. HA!She was allowed out of her pouch for a short time. Then we came to some dangerous stairs and she, very much against her will, was stuffed back into the carrier. Poor thing.So, this is where it got hairy. I was thinking to myself, hum, I should tell Hu not to go too far cause this looks kinda tricky. But she was off before I could blink my eye (she was having a wonderful time) and then… I heard an earth shattering panic scream.
!!!!At that point I yelled at Samuel to run, which he was already doing and I starting calling out to Jesus and his angels. All I could think was blood, broken bones or a child hanging from a cliff.
Until I came to the scene where IT happened. Some people had heard her scream and also came running. So there was a little crowd around her.
It turned out that she was RUNNING down the stairs and had slipped and fallen into that little pond that you see to the left of Samuel. She told us later that she rolled down the side, “like a marble” and landed on her back in the water…on the side. I think she then was so shocked that she didn’t know how to get back up and walked through the ice cold pond and then climbed up the bank onto the path, which is when Sam found her.You have to tilt your head a little. She fell at the railing there.There she is explaining, through tears, to her Papa what had happenedPoor, poor little girl.Of course, I was singing Hallelujah! First of all, there was no blood, no guts, no hanging, no broken bones! Second of all, I think she (and we as parents….) learned a very valuable lesson.
Sam said quietly later, “So, Joce, I decided I am going to lead the way next time.” “oh,” I also said quietly, “I think that is a very smart idea.”
We then had to guide a shivering shaking little lump of humility back to our parked stroller, peel off some layers of her sisters, peel off the wet clothes from the Hu, and then redistribute extra clothes we had to cover our poor wet little baby.Then we took a break.Of course our day wasn’t spoiled and now that Hu couldn’t run around and had to stay in the stroller, I suddenly became a very relaxed and easygoing person. Here we are in Wehlen. (like I said, I was tired)I like this. Psalm 26:8
Lord, I love the house where you live,
the place where your glory dwells.We decided to sit in the grass and eat the last of our sandwiches and chocolate and Preciousbabe was free to roam as she pleased.This is a reflection of her German side:and her American side:Yes, we like to smile and, Praise God, we have a reason to smile too. If you ever want to go for a walk in the Sächs. Schweiz, give us a ring.