It’s Not All Mary Poppins


I was thinking of taking the tots to the museum this morning. Only the two of them, after all.

But it’s raining. Still. It’s rained almost every day this month. Moreover, it’s three degrees (celcius – right around freezing). Rain at three degrees is cold. It stings when it hits. It makes the leaves on the sidewalk slick, slippery, semi-frozen deathtraps.

This month has been just like the last month of pregnancy. You know, the month where if it’s not your back it’s your bladder or maybe those damned false labour contractions, and you Just.Can’t.Sleep, and all your oh-so-helpful friends and relations say, “Oh, ho,ho! This is just getting you ready for those sleepless nights after the baby’s born!” (And isn’t it amazing, all things considered, that those friends and relations still live?)

How is THAT supposed to help anyone? I always thought it was the perfect way to get that poor mother to start looking for a bridge to leap from. If there was any justice, you’d sleep like a – HA! As if. If there was any justice, you’d sleep long and well for the six weeks prior to delivery, so as to have some reserves stored up. That would be justice.

But there isn’t any. Justice. Not in last-trimester sleep, nor in pre-winter rain. No justice, nor sleep, nor outings.

I guess I could say this month’s incessant frigid drizzle has been getting me ready for the long, dark, housebound days of winter.

I could. But that would just be depressing.

© 2006, Mary P

October 24, 2006 - Posted by | the dark side


  1. In England, we have had a particularly warm autumn. It’s been lovely. That hasn’t pleased some people. “We’ll pay for it, come the spring,” they say. “The plants will have used up their reserves and they won’t flower. There will be infestations of aphids and we’re all doomed.”

    Nah, It’ll work out. I bet the flowers will bloom. But leaf-fall hasn’t even started yet, although our pavements should look like yours do.

    Comment by Z | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  2. Hmmm, interesting comparative you’ve chosen. Not that I know much about such things.

    Hope it stops raining soon!

    Comment by aaron | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  3. Oh, now you’re scaring me! We are accustomed to winters in our nice house in California and now we will have a much colder winter in our little apartment in Virginia. I pity my poor neighbors as much as my sanity!

    My thoughts are with you…

    Comment by twoboysmom | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  4. Oh boy. Reminds me of my Chicago days – and yeah, it was depressing to me. Too bad you can’t come here – the fall weather here has been GORGEOUS (after a ridiculously sweltering summer, though).

    Comment by Kristen | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  5. Ugh. We’ve had days and days and days of dreary, gray skies and cold winds. No rain during the day (or very few rainy days) but it’s COLD. And gray. And dreary.

    I’m done with it.

    Comment by Candace Miller-Janidlo | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  6. A well-written post (as always), with photos that effectively drive home the point.

    Your job has advantages in bad weather: you have the choice of staying inside. Some of us are walking to the bus stop, standing in the cold and rain when the bus is late.

    Still, this time of year, I don’t mind too much. Come January and minus 25 C, and I’ll be seriously tempted to swap jobs with you!

    Comment by stephen | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  7. Ya know Mary, I always loved the 4 seasons here in Canada, they’ve always had their own attractiveness…until I had a kid! Now I dread the colder days, and especially winter ’cause, like you, it means we…EEEK, HOUSBOUND!! There’s only so many Ontario Early Year Centre’s one can stand…

    Inevitably we have no other choice do we Mary, but to suck it up, restock the craft box and pray it won’t last until April?!

    Chillin’ with you,

    Comment by Lillithmother | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  8. I understand the dark, grey weather. It is depressing. At least in Ontario you have the snow for winter which brightens it up.

    Try Vancouver in November. Or February. We have about 4-5 months of dark, gloomy weather.

    And god forbid it should snow. The entire GVRD shuts down when we get more than about half a centimetre.

    Comment by Nicole | October 24, 2006 | Reply

  9. um… so… it turned really cold down here in North Carolina and… I don’t have any socks.

    I mean, I have socks, they’re just at my dad’s house.

    No socks at school.

    So I’m still in flip flops.

    How’s that for cold weather idiocy?

    I hope the rain lets up!

    Comment by SassyStudent | October 25, 2006 | Reply

  10. i actually wouldn’t mind a little rain these days. the warm, sunny, summery October we’ve been having is not jiving with my mood these days, and i’d welcome the bitter cold.

    but i realize i’m in the minority in this, so i send you my sympathies for the weather-imposed house arrest. hope it lets up soon!

    Comment by kari | October 25, 2006 | Reply

  11. My sympathies, Mary! I can relate!

    C has been having trouble sleeping through the night (VERY large tonsils, a little apnea, etc) so he’s been waking me a few times each night. I was thinking it was like having a newborn again.

    He had his tonsillectomy Monday so he’s sleeping better already but I’ve been getting up during the nights checking on him so I’m still waiting for improved sleep!
    It’s OK. He’s napping now and I might try—oh, and our weather improved the day of his surgery but the rain is coming back today–just as he’s feeling a tiny bit better! So we’re housebound still but there the light at the end of our tunnel is only days away so I can’t complain!

    Comment by LoryKC | October 25, 2006 | Reply

  12. I can barely relate since I live in Phoenix where we’ve been having high temps in the high 20s. We’re all still wearing sandles. My kids don’t even have any long pants yet.

    But the being housebound part I understand. It’s like that for us during many parts of the summer. It’s just too damn hot to even get in the car.

    Time to put on a play!

    Comment by Andie D. | October 25, 2006 | Reply

  13. You must come visit us in California!

    Although I must say I really enjoy seeing the autumn leaves and beatiful snow pictures from folks in other parts of the world. Not so much of that here. Green in the winter and brown in the summer.

    Comment by Lady M | October 26, 2006 | Reply

  14. This is off topic, but I was just reading your cast of characters and noticed that Anna has apparently only a single big blue eye? πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Jamie | October 26, 2006 | Reply

  15. Z: There is no pleasing some people, is there? Or perhaps that’s not true – some people are best pleased if there’s something to complain about! Whatever floats yer boat…

    Aaron: Feeling a little resonance with that metaphor, are we?? The countdown clock ticking rather oppressively? πŸ™‚

    The last four to six weeks of my pregnancies were the longest in my life. Excepting, perhaps, the six weeks after each child’s birth, but then you’re in this timeless void, so it feels like forever and no time, all at the same time.

    (Just a little ray of sunshine, aren’t I? In truth, I did not much enjoy the first three months of my childrens’ lives. Never fear: Many people revel in it, and maybe you’ll both be in that happy group. I am just not among them. If you find it more drudgery than joy, you can send me an email. I’ll commiserate and support!)

    Twoboysmom: Virginia is a ways south of me. I don’t think your winters will be as long nor as cold. Not to worry! Once mom gets over her California aversion to cold and wet, your boys will almost certainly discover they LOVE snow! All little kids do. (Well, all but maybe three on the entire planet, and I’m sure I’ll hear from their mothers next…)

    Kristen, Candace: This is November weather, far as I’m concerned. (Which is why November is my least favourite month of the year – tied with March, actually, which shares the same damp, chill quality.) Wish I could get away to some place sunny and dry! (Kristen, you may just find me on your doorstep one bright morning…)

    Stephen: Problem is, I’m not seeing it as a “choice”. Similarly, I could envy you your “choice” to get out to that bus stop. But you’re quite right: in February, I won’t be complaining nearly so much about the housebound-ness!

    Lillithmother: Here in Ottawa, is DOES last till April. Every year. *sigh*

    We shove the furniture to the walls, put on the rowdy music, and dance, dance, dance! That burns off some of that cabin fever.

    Nicole: And to think that there’s been talk in this household of moving to BC in a few years… Perhaps we should reconsider?

    Sassy: Still in flip flops? And your toes are still attached? Must be warmer there than here…

    Kari: If this weather is jiving with your mood, I sure hope your mood perks up soon! It’s bad enough having this stuff externally – when it’s internal, you can’t escape it.

    Lorykc: Oh, poor C! I hope he recovers quickly from the surgery. I also hope you’re all – mom included – getting better sleep now.

    AndieD: My daycare guys are a little too young for plays, though the older two like dress-up. But, as I said to lillithmom above, we all love to dance! Crank us up some Stevie Ray, and we all go to town. πŸ™‚

    LadyM: Now why had I not realized before that you were in California? For some reason, I had you on the east coast! While I enjoy the changing of the seasons, I do think Ottawa goes way overboard on the winter one…

    Jamie: She’s a very sweet baby Cyclops, didn’t I mention that?

    It’s fixed!

    Comment by Mary P. | October 26, 2006 | Reply

  16. And here I am thinking it’s starting to get too hot. I’ll count my blessings!

    Comment by chosha | October 26, 2006 | Reply

  17. Ohhhh, I can’t stand the cold, and that means anything below 60 F. Here in Arizona, it’s our time of year to come out of hibernation and go out to play.

    Comment by Mamacita Tina | October 27, 2006 | Reply

  18. Here in Edinburgh it’s just like your description. Cold. Raining. Except, we have the wind whistling straight off the North Sea as well right into our faces. When the clocks go back next week, that’s it. Winter for six months!

    Comment by Croila | October 28, 2006 | Reply

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