We had a lovely Mother/Daughter Mass around 10:00 a.m. But, the forecast for the afternoon was ominous. We were hoping for the best....but, as you can read....got the worst.
Sloane started getting ready around 2:00 p.m. We were supposed to be at the school around 4:30 pm. So, plenty of time...or so you would think!
Around 2:15 pm, just after Sloane started to take a shower, the heavens opened up and a horrific thunderstorm started. Thunder, lightening, heavy rain AND HAIL. I am not kidding. But wait, it gets better...err...actually worse.
At about 2:30 pm, just after Sloane had washed her hair, our electricity went out. Yep, seriously! I was getting dressed and kaboom....no electricity. Sloane was hysterical, for a variety of reasons:
#1. Wet hair + no electricity = OH YIKES!
#2. Hmmm...Getting dressed in the dark (it was pitch dark outside...and inside).
#3. Makeup? In the dark? Seriously???
#4. Heavy rains + hail + thunder + lightning = TORNADO WATCH (I'm so not kidding)
#5. All of #4 = no beautiful outside ceremony under the beautiful trees
#6. #5 = ceremony to be held in GYM
#7. #6 = Gym only holds a small amount of people
#8. No electricity = no traffic lights = AHHHHHHHH traffic!!
#9. Hmmm...The GARAGE DOOR is electric and the car is inside the GARAGE!
#10.All of the above = Mommy has to do some VERY FAST THINKING!!!
Answers to the above mentioned problems:
#1. Okay, wet hair = Mommy arranging Sloane's hair by flashlight into a surprisingly beautiful up do.
#2. Using above mentioned flashlight + many more to help her get dressed (remembering that she is wearing a full length white 1968 wedding dress – all the graduates have to wear full length white dresses)
#3. When you are 18 and beautiful, you really don’t need that much makeup, so flashlights were again used. (I’ve come to the conclusion that one can never have TOO MANY flashlights!)
#4. Tornado Watch…okay, not much I can do with this one except pray.
#5. See #4 above!
#6. Okay, ceremony in Gym. It will be fine. So it’s not as pretty. Everyone will be looking at the graduates anyway.
#7. Small gym + large group of people = hmmm…so we will get to know the person sitting next to us!
#8. Patience is a virtue. Keep repeating.
#9. Aha….there IS a manual way to open the garage door. So what if you are in heels and trying to find the manual operating switch in the dark with a flashlight!
#10. SUCCESS!!! We got to the school on time. Sloane looked beautiful. I don’t have a clue how I looked! Tim got there safely and Sloane’s boyfriend Danny managed to get there at the last second (Danny had to come from Virginia).
Fifteen minutes after arriving at the school, someone stepped on Sloane’s dress and a quick repair job had to be done! The ceremony included sound effects that were the booming of thunder and the loud rain hitting the gym roof. The graduates looked lovely! Sloane got her diploma! After the ceremony, we had promised Sloane that we would go to her favorite Irish restaurant in Bethesda, Maryland to have dinner. So, Daddy and Tim left their cars at the school and we all piled into Hank (my Pathfinder). The rain had slacked a bit by now. We get to the restaurant only to find that the restaurant was CLOSED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE! Seriously??? Yep, Seriously!
Okay, Plan B. We went to an Indian restaurant and had a wonderful meal. I dropped Tim off at his car, Danny & Sloane off at Danny’s car, and I drove home. They all beat me there! SURPRISE…electricity! Thank God!
Around 12:45 a.m., you would have seen all four of us in my kitchen. Sloane and I were on the floor laughing! It was either laugh or cry, we laughed! The guys thought we had lost our minds. We HAD! Sloane found hers already. I’m still looking…..
So, now you know what the old saying really means! It’s not “Hell or High Water”, it is “HAIL AND HIGH WATER”!