Drought Worries Take Backseat to Kids Outside For Holiday

Kansas Viewpoint

Nine grandkids, plus friends for Thanksgiving make good weather a relief, even when drought lingers

Published on: November 19, 2012

I have a BIG family with lots of small children and I’m reminded as the holiday season nears that I have a great deal to be thankful for.

Each and every one of the nine grandkids who will be at my house are a blessing in their own right and loved almost beyond comprehension at Grandma’s house, where the primary rule is “anything you want (insert name), darling.”

My second-oldest granddaughter, Alyssa, has developed an interest in cooking and she’s planning to spend Wednesday evening and night with Grandma so she can be part of preparing the holiday meal. Not that I needed another reason to be thankful for Alyssa who was a treasure long before she wanted to learn to bake an apple pie.

Since starting virtual school last fall, Alyssa has discovered the power of Google and she spends a good portion of her time searching for things that she is newly discovering she wants to know more about. Her world being what it is, this includes everything from tips on potty training a baby (her brother is 18 months old) to making pie crust, to the Hubble telescope and the hit songs of the 1950s. She’s nothing if not eclectic.

However, also in my thankful department is a forecast for highs in the mid-60s and mostly clear skies on Thursday. I have to admit to feeling a little guilty about that. Kansas needs rain badly. More than 75% of the state is still in the “extreme” or “exceptional” category on the latest U.S. drought monitor and day after day of breezy mid-60s with no rain in sight is not a good thing overall.

On Thursday, however, with well over a dozen kids under the age of 12 on the guest list, I hope I can be forgiven for being grateful that we can take advantage of the deck and the backyard for overflow space to run, jump, scream and chase.

And for the record, I would be more than delighted to see a drought-ending rain start at 7 a.m. Thursday and continue to rain at a slow, steady pace all weekend. But for Thursday…well, 66 and clear sounds awfully good.