The elevator is slow - it takes about 90 seconds to go from the deck outside Maggie's room down to the backyard. Most days it's a pleasant minute and a half that Maggie and I are cut off from the world. We joke and laugh and have a great time during our ride to the ground level. We really don't notice how slow the lift is going because we have so much fun. When it's pouring down rain, the focus is centered on the very s l o w ride down. 90 seconds in one place during a downpour is a very very long time indeed.
I did grab an umbrella to shield us from the worst of it but it is difficult to hold the umbrella and hold the button to make the elevator go at one time. Also I have to keep shifting the umbrella to avoid getting it caught on the shaft as we descend. And there is no way to cover everything, so Maggie had a dry head and wet knees. We made it down in one piece, but Maggie was less than amused.
It didn't help that I didn't get a chance to feed her. Her nighttime feeds are turned off around 6 and I always give her a feeding in the morning before she goes to school. My plan was to feed her when we got downstairs but the bus was already there waiting for us. The school nurse promised to feed her as soon as they arrived at school, so she would only be about 30 minutes late.
Now the rain has stopped. It is supposed to shower all day today and with our luck those showers will hit just as she comes home and has to come back up the elevator. But she will survive this indignity with her usual grace and aplomb.
We just need the rain to be gone by game time. The Giants play the Cardinals in Game 7 of the NCLS today and I don't think any of us can tolerate a rain delay.
Maggie will be ready:
(Lest you think I'm neglectful, this picture was not taken this morning. She does not wear shorts when it's raining. This is from a sunny day in September.)