Halloween was very eventful at our home to say the least. It began two days ago with the rain heavily pouring down on us. I was determined to take my four year old princess trick or treating even if we had to row a boat to each house. Turns out, trick or treating in the rain was not the problem.
We happen to live backed up right against a river. We had the excitement to watch it rise all day long. Massive trees, debris, and to our amusement ... slides, footballs and many other objects floated by at a forceful speed. The river was rising about a foot an hour. Soon, it was to the point of extreme danger for us and our neighbors.
In eagerness to get my daughter ready and watching the water rise in our back yard, I fell down my stairs and hurt my ankle. Talk about tricks... I was still going to go with my daughter. I was determined. Around six PM we took our daughter in our neighborhood to do some trick or treating. We wanted her to at least have a little bit of fun. Oddly enough, the rain stopped for just the right amount of time that we actually got to enjoy ourselves. My mermaid was extremely happy, and proud of her loot.
When we got back home about eight PM, the water was almost to the top of the easement. We quickly had to make sure our valuables outside were secured away and that we were prepared to have to evacuate at any moment. We sat and listened to the rain hit the roof, and wondered when we might have to get up and get out, in the middle of the night.
It's morning! We survived and we aren't floating down the Puyallup river. The water levels have gone down. Now, hopefully the rain will subside a bit to let the swelling fade the rest of the way.
Now that the fear is not knocking right on our door, this mommy is going to stay off my foot (which feels like it's in a vice grip being smacked continuously over and over by a hammer) borrow some chocolate, and watch some football.
Author RJ Heaton
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