DC does not like the rain.
He just does not.
When he was younger, it was just the rain he did not like but now, in his mind – rain leads to storms so there is no tolerating the rain at all any more.
I remember taking him to a birthday party when he was younger. One of the activities planned was a water balloon fight. Getting wet without a bathing suit on was always an issue, but we were instructed to wear bathing suits. After a lot of explanation, I thought he’d be okay with it.
Unfortunately it was raining when we arrived.
It was summer. They were already in bathing suits.
So why not have the water balloon fight?
Why not, you ask?
You have to understand that to DC, rain means hurry to the car, or out of the car and into the house so you don’t get wet. Or hurry anywhere you are headed to or from so you don’t get wet. Run into the store, so you don’t get wet. Baseball is cancelled because it is raining. Cross country is cancelled because it’s raining. Outdoor activities are cancelled because it is raining.
So you don’t get wet…
Because it’s raining…
We don’t walk around in it and we certainly don’t go outside to play in it! There are no gray areas.
In case you were wondering….
It didn’t go over well.
This year we were expecting high winds and rain for Halloween (and we got both).
Now, I am not one of those people who think that Halloween should be cancelled and rescheduled when bad weather is predicted. This is strictly a “DC” issue and I was a little bit concerned.
I talked about it all week.
He looked nervous each time we discussed it but he still wanted to go Trick-Or-Treating. I told him not to worry, we will use umbrellas.
During the monsoon part of the afternoon on Halloween Day, I ran around town trying to find some of those clear plastic rain ponchos for him and his friends. (You NEVER wear coats or jackets over a costume! It’s a rule. Look it up.) But because I did not think ahead, there were none to be found any where.
Fortunately the rain calmed down and stopped for a little while when we were ready to go to *Candy’s house for dinner with her and *Sally before we all went out Trick-Or-Treating together.
They had their dinner and a few treats and off we went.
I had been poured on many times already that day when I was out looking for ponchos and earlier when I went out to look for an umbrella to match his costume (yes, I did) so I was over trying to stay dry at this point.
We were pretty lucky for the most part.
We had some rain.
We had some wind.
But fortunately not all at the same time.
DC went from “I’m getting very nervous about this” to (insert excited voice) “Happy Halloween! Thank you” and back many times over.
We did not visit as many houses as we usually do but they all came back with a good amount of candy, mostly from people trying to get rid of their overstock due to the smaller than usual weather-related turn out.
I would have been surprised if DC had opted to skip Halloween due to the weather, but one never knows when rain is involved.
It all worked out and the 3 of them had a great night.
(I think the 3 Mom’s had fun too)
In true DC fashion; when it’s over, it’s over.
In the car on the way home, he obsessed about changing the calendar to November and when he did:
“Mom, I’m so excited about Thanksgiving”
over and over.
Hope you all had a Happy Halloween!
Our 2019 Costume “Parade/Wrap Up” can be found here.