Sunday, June 22, 2008

Uh..Eww?

Ok, since it has been extremely gorgeous since father's day, we decided to take a afternoon hike on Tubbs Hill near Coeur D Alene lake here in lovely Northern Idaho. We got all the essentials-shoes, water, and powerade. This is a 2 mile hike and not an extreme hill, thank goodness. Perfect for 2 overweight parents and their offspring ranging 3 to 7 years of age. We get about 5 minutes into the hike and chose to take the upper path, you know to "challenge" our already atrophied muscles and were doing pretty good. Poor kids stopped every minute for refreshments, sweat laddened hairlines and their little cheeks were getting red. Denali, who is not keen on being hot, stops and demands a break. Her comments to us were as follows-Its as hot as Hawaii here and I knew I should have stayed home! Poor thing didn't know she was in for!

The nice thing about this journey is that the path was shadded in spots and you could follow certain paths to the shore line, which we did. The decline to the lake front was quite steep and Jaeden opted for his bottom verses the traditional side step down the hill. Some other unfortunate hiker at the bottom had already met with her demise and was being treated with first aid ever so gingerly with her male companion. Ahhh...

So we spend a few minutes taking in the views, throwing rocks and discovering all sorts of different beatles, bugs, litter, etc. I spent a few seconds contemplating jumping in the lake fully dressed but let reason talk me out of it due to the fact of no towels or extra clothes and or car stink enough without adding to it wet clothes smell. So upon the thought I started talking the kids into resuming our hike and walked in the direction that I last saw Denali. As I rounded the corner to tell her we were leaving, I was shocked and horrified. Some other hikers had taken to the private spot and left behind evidence of their escapade. Now my daughter doesn't know what condoms are and she was stretching this big yellow one over her little hand! I tried to handle it maturely and calmy said, "PUT THAT DOWN RIGHT NOW! Uh...Eww?!" Denali was quite surprised at my response and of course asked the notorious question that all children ask, "Why?" To which I say "That is a condom!" Denali "What's a condom, mommy?" Me, "Well its something men put on the penis'" and that was the end of that! NO further whys, whats, hows. The End. I'm so glad that I visabley couldn't see any contents in the said apparatis and still slightly horrified not just about the litter but that why leave it there in the first place?! We finished our hike and that hasn't come up in conversation again. Whew!

3 comments:

Olivia said...

I hate it when people litter, but THAT is just plain WRONG! I doubt I would have handled it as well as you :)

Connella Ohana said...

Its hard to really get across, how mortified I was, in writing but responses take lots of mental prep and practise. This was one of my better moments at that, that's all.

Olivia said...

I understand completely! It totally sounds like something one (or both) of my older kids would do. :) I can only imagine how you felt! Whew!

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