Child locks are no laughing matter. Sure, they were originally
designed to prevent unstrapped toddlers and bickering siblings who keep
looking at each other from falling out of a moving vehicle. But I’m here
to tell you that this safety device makes it much easier to slouch down
and sleep from Point A to Point B while your insomniac partner drives.
locks aren’t so much fun when they develop a mind of their own. If you
found yourself outside on Sunday evening around 6 p.m., you probably
were drenched by the sudden downpour that hit these parts. My Steven and
I were on foot as the first, very cold, very big drops fell, but were
saved from a thorough soaking as my mother and her dry car happened by.
She dropped us at the gate and I made a break for it as thunder rolled.
to the National Severe Storm Laboratory, a single lightning bolt can
have 100 million to one billion volts, and it contains billions of
watts, depending on whether it is positive lightning or negative
lightning. I don’t know whether one is worse than the other and can
still run pretty quickly from either charge.
I made it as far as
the hen house and turned back to see if Steve was with me. He was still
in the car. Figuring that he had decided to wait out the storm with Mom,
I ran on in the direction of a warm shower. Turns out the car’s child
locks didn’t want to let Steve go. Mom had to get out in the rain and
open the door from the outside. Neither Steve nor Mom were amused.
car has child locks, as most cars do now. These days, the dogs and, on
occasion a goat, can safely snuff and snort fresh air from a lowered
window without fear (mine) of a tumble to the fleeting pavement. All I
have to worry about is whether I have enough paper towels to wipe the
drool away at journey’s end.