Valley Girls

16 Jan

Alternately titled:  Welcome to Ontario, Jenn

Last week I invited some friends over for a playdate.  It is the first time that the adults were not outnumbered by children 3:1.  I actually kept counting them because I thought we must be missing a bunch.  It was also the first time that the new pastor’s wife (Jenn) came to my house.

It may also be the last.

The visit went fine.  Chaotic, but that’s to be expected.  Since the oldest child was not even 3, the general dynamic of play seemed to center around where the Moms were: 5 adults and 5 babies in my living room= crowded!

But, everyone played nicely.  Lunch was consumed.  Nobody fell down the stairs.  A success in my books.  Too soon it was time for Jenn to leave.  As the only person to bring more than 1 kid (I KNOW!), she had her hands full, and naps were needed…

She packed everyone up, and I helped her out the door.  Major points to her at this point for oohing and ahhing over the dogs, and recognizing that Nevis was named after Ben Nevis (although she is from Ireland, so…).  We parted ways waving and smiling.  I plunked Joss in front of a show to give her some down time while the rest of us chatted upstairs.  I looked outside and saw a disaster in the making.

Jenn, not having ever been to our house in the non-snowy months, did not realize that our driveway borders a large ditch, and backed right into it.

I rushed out to warn her, but it was too late.  Sheepishly shaking her head, she climbed out and we looked at the back end of the van sunk a good 2 feet lower than the front in soft, fluffy snow.

I did the only thing I could do at this point: called Becky outside to help!

While we waited for Becky, I shoved 2x4s under her wheels for traction, and recounted this story.  Becky and I gave a half-hearted effort at pushing the van out, knowing full well that we were only going through the motions in order to satisfy the requirements of “doing everything we can”.  It quickly became apparent that we’d have to pull it out with Becky’s truck.

In the Valley, girls drive monster pick-up trucks too.

She pulled out the chain (why would’t she have a chain in the back of the truck?  It’s WINTER.), and I quickly hooked it to Jenn’s van while Becky secured it to the hitch.  There was some discussion here about load-bearing and the best way to angle the chain, but I only include it here to make us sound more awesome.  I should also mention that the 3 of us moved a frozen-to-the-ground plastic play structure off the lawn so Becky could get close enough to the van.  Like I said- AWESOME!

After some quick directions to Jenn (who’d never gotten stuck in a snowbank before- and I can honestly say she is the first adult I have met to say that to me) she cranked her wheels and gunned herself to safety.

High Fives and Hugs abounded.  We.are.women- see us pull minivans out of ditches!

Moral of the story:  with lots of prayer, and friends who own trucks, you can get out of any tight spot.

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6 Responses to “Valley Girls”

  1. Andrea January 16, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    valley girls are awesome!! Andrew and i were just talking last week (when we bought a couch set and wondered if it would fit in our truck) how just about every single friend we had there had a truck. Here, NONE…which is most inconvenient when you have to move a couch and love seat. We found it pretty funny that here in oromocto, our explorer sport track is considered a big truck, lol.

    Despite the disaster she had when leaving i’m sure she will be back. Why wouldn’t she?? My fear of hitting one of your dogs never kept me away!! 🙂

    • Julie January 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      I am laughing at your truck right now! Glad she’s a big girl!! Did you get rid of your other couch? And you’re right about the dogs- I say, if they can’t move… luckily they always do!

  2. Jenn A January 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    I will most DEFINITELTY be back!! I giggled my way right through this post – reliving it again!! :0) What a great story. Valley Girls Rule!! :0)

    • Julie January 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      Welcome to the Club Jenn! And for the record, none of us were born anywhere near the Ottawa Valley- so you’re going to fit right in!

  3. denis January 18, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Hi Julie.
    Only trucks getter done.
    dad…:)

  4. Katrina January 29, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    “There was some discussion here about load-bearing and the best way to angle the chain, but I only include it here to make us sound more awesome.”

    hahaha. That sentence alone made me miss you Julie.

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