Tuesday, March 17

Sharks, wolves, and bears, oh my!

My little tribe loves the ocean.  They love it so much, they have been known to frequent the ocean all times of day and night.  Occasionally the thought crosses my mind, 'Hey, there are sharks in them thar waters.'  Sharks who like to eat.  Eat at like, dusk and dawn.  Just when my kids are in the water.  Yikes.  Okay, maybe I'm paranoid, but just the thought of providing the local sharks with a tasty little snack in the form of my offspring makes me shiver. 
 Mind you, I'm no baby when it comes to wild animals.  For instance, during our annual "Sariah and Michelle Plus our 9 kids and their friends" camping trip to Alturas Lake that we take every summer, I--me, just little ol' me--traipse through through the woods to go the bathroom. 
At night. 
 A looong, stinkin' way from the cabins.
 Usually without a flashlight.
(I can't find anything in a cabin with 15 people in it.)
While Sariah, my dear sweet Sariah, requires company to go the loo.  In the form of moi, yours truly.  Or whomever else she can con into walking in the dark with her.  You see, Sariah's afraid of bears.  And wolves.  Anything with claws and teeth, really.  But this year, Sariah's got it all figured out.  Get this.  Sariah is the proud new owner of a old-fashioned chamber pot.  Thanks to her thoughtful grandma.  Yessirree.  No more scary walks in the dark for us.  We're not proud.   Just watch out for the full moon(s) in August.           

Back to my shark issue.  I think I've got that one figured out too.  Skim boarding has become one of my kids favorite water activities.  Notice how shallow the water is.  No self-respecting shark would dare venture there, so... dusk-time skim boarding it is!   (At least for this tasty little family.) 

The local sharkbait.
(They really are happier than they look here.)


sariah said...

Just so you know, sharks don't scare me a bit, not one little bit! ONLY thing that scares me are bears, wolves, oh... and mountain lions, moose and rabid coyotes and the possibility that black widows could be lurking in the logs next to my bed. Don't you wish I was your BEACH friend instead of your Sawtooth mountains friend, seeing as how I am not afraid of sharks? But come to think of it, if I actually frequented a beach....I might find that I AM afraid of sharks ... and jellyfish-- and stingrays, and those sea cucumbers that if you step on them they send out milky fluid that if it gets in your eyes it can blind you (you do know about those don't you?). So maybe I should just stick with being your mountain friend so that my children and I can keep our eyesight.
We miss you guys!

Michelle & Matt's Clan said...

That's funny. Sariah, I'm sorry, but I'd take a bear, wolf or shark over the chamberpot anyday!

Natalie said...

Holy Super Tall Alec! :O

Lol, growing up in California meant beaches that looked rugged but way out there was always a shark net. It kept bigger animals from coming into public beaches where people were. Of course stuff like seals sometimes jumped over it, but I never did see even a little sand shark there on the beach. It was a big dare to see if you and your friends could swim to the shark net. Not because of sharks, but distance.

We have enough to worry about with our kids without sharks, lol.

sariah said...

Michelle, this is a silly way to talk to you ( I need your email), but have you been to the "Sew, Mama, Sew" blog on my sidebar? The free fabric friday post has a line of fabric- Darla or something, you have to look at it- the whole line is perfect. I want to make quilts and aprons and pillows out of the whole thing! I was thinking of you while looking at this fabric and then Stockton called. He's so cute! You don't need to print this post, by the way, since it more of an email than a comment. :-)

Tana said...

One of the few things I am afraid of is sharks, ever since we did an in depth report and dissected one in elementary school in GATE (yeah, back in the day I was gifted and talented). Really, it's not a bad phobia for someone who lives in land locked Idaho.

Anonymous said...

We miss you guys. . . come home soon!