Monday, May 18, 2009

I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet!

My phone rang last night around 10:30 PM. I knew it had to be one of the kids. I tried calling my daughter about an hour earlier but didn’t get an answer. On the other end of the line was my daughter’s frantic voice, “MOM! We just had an earthquake!”

Oh dear, my imagination took off in a devastating direction. Are you ok? Is David ok? Yes, and yes. After getting all of the logistics out of the way, (it was a 5.0, they were nearly at the epicenter, it originated 8.4 miles below the earth’s surface, people were frantically running out of their apartment building and into the courtyard) my daughter finally got to the good stuff.

She was in the shower stark naked with shampoo on her hair when she heard the rumbling noise of the earth cracking all around her and then she felt the trembling of her entire apartment building. She screamed. Petrified, she kept screaming and jumped out of the shower. David, her husband, who was sitting quietly in the living room, heard her screams and here is where it starts to get funny. He also hears a rumbling noise, but being from the Midwest and having spent a good deal of his life around the Chicago area, he doesn’t put two and two together to come up with an earthquake. He hears his wife screaming and hears the rumbling noise and is sure an intruder is running up the staircase to get them. With his eyes on the front door of their apartment, he readies himself in fight mode.
My daughter tells me she wrapped herself up in a towel, hair still sudsy and made her way out to their living room. There, she sees her husband, feet spread in a fighting stance and arms spread wide waiting for whoever he thinks is out there to come crashing through their door. By this time, of course, she has finally stopped screaming and is now laughing hysterically at the sight of her husband ready to protect her. He spies her staring at him in laughter and realizes his mistake, “I heard you screaming and I didn’t want anyone to hurt you, Paige.”

I love this man! I love that his first thought was to protect my daughter. I love the picture in my mind’s eye of him ready to take on the world for her. I know he could do it too. This is a man who exercises his fingers (I kid you not!). This is a man who built a rock climbing apparatus in his dorm room at the University of Illinois. This is a man whose abs gave me pause the first time I hugged him when he was dating my daughter. Brains and brawn! Thank you, David, for loving my little girl!

13 comments:

  1. how incredibly sweet. Sounds like a great protector she has there. Glad they were both ok too!

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  2. Awww, so sweet yet so funny! Say, does he have a brother? (ummm, for my youngest daughter, not me. LOL)

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  3. What a great story. I love how you adore your son-in-law!

    We got married two days before the '89 earthquake. My in-laws stayed at our house for a California vacation while we were on our honeymoon. The earthquake hit when my mother-in-law was about to step into the shower. She was terrified but maintained her Southern Belle composure. She later told me that she couldn't decide what to do. With her deep southern drawl she declared: "I couldn't decided whether to run out into the street and save my life or to get dressed and die with dignity."

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  4. It must feel good knowing your baby is in such good hands. Glad the quake wasn't a biggie!

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  5. MAWB
    Oh how hilarious!!!
    Yet entirely sweet that your daughter's husbands intentions were so admirable.
    xox
    LoveGillian

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  6. I love it- but the earth moves often out here. Tell them to get used to it. I hope my daughter finds a Knight in Shining... like that. Lucky Mom!

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  7. Yes, I love him dearly, but I warned her before she went off to college, "Do not come home with an engineer! They use their personalities for birth control!" She didn't listen..... She came home with an engineer anyway, but we like this one. He sorta has a marketing personality! :)

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  8. He is definately a cutie.

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  9. My daughter just called... 2nd earthquake in two days. She says this last one was as bad as the first so she doesn't think it is an aftershock.

    Sending safe energy to all those in Cali!!! xoxo

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  10. Good catch MAWB's daughter. Brave and cute, you got lucky!

    Love that photo of the screaming woman!

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  11. That screaming woman is Janet Leigh from Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho!"

    I thought it was too perfect!

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  12. Sounds like a good choice for your daughter. And lucky you, to have a son-in-law you admire!

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  13. you are a good writer.

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