Nate’s Notes: Exploring

One of the field adventures that is most fun is when we go to empty and old buildings.  Momma calls them a….ab…abanana…no, abandoned!   We get to explore them.  They are a little strange, like everybody just vanished.  Someone must have mentioned nap time.  But really, you go to these warehouses, old hospitals, empty homes or schools, and there is no one there…but sometimes there are still things, like a doll, a picture on the wall, a chair or desk, or a cola machine.  So strange.  Momma gets really quiet in these buildings, like she is either thinking or sad.   She gets quiet in cemeteries too. 

Tell me this isn't spooky!!

Tell me this isn’t spooky!!

On the way home, she talks about the stories from the buildings.  What stories?  I didn’t see any books.  Whatever.   It feels like someone just forgot about these places, or like when I just get tired of my toys and put them away.  Actually, can I tell you a secret?   They kind of scare me, like when I wake up at night and can’t see Momma or Daddy.   Don’t tell Momma though, ‘cause I want to show her how brave I am.   I’m a big boy, almost 2.  Besides, with Little Lyla along now, I have to teach that baby girl how to do things even if you’re scared.   Even though I get spooked out, I feel safe with Momma and Daddy there.  I know that if he needed to, Daddy would break out his super hero skills.  AAAA!  Did you hear that?  Okay…I can do this. Breathing.  Breathing.  I guess it’s pretty cool.  Back to exploring!

Nate’s Notes: Left Behind

Last week Uncle Tim and new friends, Jon and Tina, came to visit us.  I already knew I liked Uncle Tim because he is going to help with my tree fort.  Tina and Jon…I liked them instantly for their laughs and kind faces.  They played with my cars and trucks and bouncy balls.  They sat at my level and smiled a lot.  Pretty much they were super cool.  At least I THOUGHT they were cool.  And then…

They pulled out cameras.  Just like Momma.  My head started to hurt.  My eyes watered.  NOOOOO!!!  Not you guys too??!!   Had Momma gotten to them too?  Or were they all to blame for Momma and her cameras? Even Daddy had a camera.  Not only did they come with cameras, they talked about cameras, and pictures, and textures, and numbers of pictures. Strike one.  Go ahead…feel sorry for me.  You better sit down though; it gets worse.

I pretended not to care too much about the cameras, though I had to stop myself from “accidentally” spilling my drink cup on them. I could totally use toddler clumsiness to explain that away.  However, my self control seems to be increasing, darn it. I had begun to accept this cameras-everywhere-world as they discussed our field adventure for the next day.  We were going to explore Mare Island.  I had heard Momma and Daddy talk about how cool this place was.  I was going to see cool rust patterns, pretty broken glass, gauges, old brick buildings, burned wood, great colors and peeling paint.  I was going to see a big big crane-claw for the first time!  Okay, let me grab my camera too, pathetic as it is.  Let’s go!

The next day came, and I woke up early, ready for the adventure ahead.  Momma announced it was time to go, and then Grandma Sue was at the door.  Wow, she is coming too!!!  This will be great.  Maybe Papa and Gram will be there too!!!   And Daddy!  Oh man, I almost peed it was that exciting.  Self control folks, self control.   And then Momma left…and I stayed.  She left.  She left me home.  She left me behind!  She left me behind to be with THEM!  Strike two…

Photo taken without me. Broken glass...LIKE MY HEART.

Photo taken without me. Broken glass…LIKE MY HEART.









Like I said, I THOUGHT they were cool.  As if all this wasn’t bad enough, they all came to MY home, after I had been left behind, and talked about the adventure at Mare Island!  Yep, they ate pizza and drooled over the images they captured with those cameras.

One more strike.  They have one more strike.  They are on thin ice if you ask me.  I’m all broken up over this.

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