Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tender Mercies and Scooby Doo

Red sky at morning, sailor's take warning. Red sky at night, sailor's delight, I brightly exclaimed as Eden and I were driving to school this morning. Outside the sun was coming up and the sky was a beautiful rose-red.

When are you going to stop saying those dumb rhymes with weird messages Mom! They make absolutely no sense. Don't say that when my friends get in the car! was his curt reply.

I responded in my wisest motherly voice: It's not a stupid rhyme Eden, it was used to remind sailors about weather conditions long before we had sophisticated Doppler reports and television weathermen. It means that if you see a red sky in the morning, that there will probably be a storm that day, or at least lots of clouds and wind. If the sky is red at night, the skies will be clear and you will have great sailing conditions next morning.

Sailors would never say anything like that." replied Eden as he rolled his eyes and looked out the window.

(Long pause.....) I like stupid rhymes, I mumbled under my breath. 
Silence ensued as we picked up the carpool and drove to the middle school.

Sometimes kids have a way of making you feel so..... so... hokey.

Is "hokey" even a word now?? Or has it been permanently replaced by "dumb." They used it when I was a kid.  Scooby Doo villains --  they were hokey and they said hokey stuff all the time!! 

Dag Nabbit!! 
You Scalawags!
I would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those menacing teenagers!

 I still love those phrases. And I use them all the time, yes I do! Much better than swearing in my opinion. And speaking of Scooby Doo did you ever notice, the villains were always grumpy old men who hated groovy teens. Their quest was always the same. -- to destroy the local amusement park. 

I think they were mad because their backs had gone out and they could no longer ride the rides. Old guys with bad backs, mad at teenagers. Way better villains than axe murders with hockey masks! More realistic too. I think I'm a little more sympathetic with those old guys now that I'm one of them. 

Does this mean I'm a villain? I do have an occasional battle with my Grooming Nemesis, (who just happens to be a groovy teenager), and I have a bad back after all. Is this why Eden is suddenly annoyed with things he used to find amusing? is he morphing into a groovy teenager too???? 

Yikes, I don't know if I can handle two of them in the house. They will gang up on me, yes they will!!! Dag Nabbit, I'm rambling on and on again, just like a senile . . . old person!!!! 

What was I talking about???? Oh yeah -- a story about a tender mercy, not Scooby Doo. I better get back to the subject at hand.

It is now 4:00 p.m. And this is the view from outside my front door.

Menacing clouds on the horizon with winds blowing from the East. The barometer is droppin'. A storm's a commin'. Eden my friend, pay attention because I'm only going to say this once:

Red sky at morning, sailor's take warning!!!!! 

Now get out there and batten down the hatches you Scalawag!" ( That's Scooby Doo Villain mixed with a little Popeye.)
Hokey?? Maybe. But today, there was some truth to that phrase. And that is a tender mercy -- a storm just when I needed my son to see that sometimes, my words contain a little wisdom. 

I am grateful for the tender mercies in my life, expecially when it storms.

1 comment:

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I've never heard that phrase before, but I'll be watching for those red skies now! Groovy!