An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

On Stargazing and Being Locked Out

Timothy received a telescope as an early Christmas present from Nonna and Nonno, and with the lunar eclipse occurring the very next night, the timing was just perfect.

We immediately made plans: we set the alarm for 2:41 a.m Tuesday morning, placed winter coats and shoes by the front door, and prepared the telescope.

When the alarm went off Joe and I first went downstairs to make sure the eclipse was visible. I walked out the front door and literally gasped ... what a sight!

Joe set up the telescope on our front walk and I ran upstairs to get the boys. Timothy and Jonathan would not budge. At all. I had more success with Nicholas, though.

The three of us took turns looking through the telescope. Nicholas whispered (in typical teenage fashion) "Neat!" and went back to bed. Joe and I stayed, and the night was so crystal clear we spotted Orion and the Big Dipper. Really, everything was so magical . . . until we realized Nicholas had inadvertently locked the front door.

There we were, in our pj's and winter coats and fuzzy slippers, stranded on our front porch. We rang and rang the doorbell. We knocked on the windows. We pounded on the front door. Really, it's a wonder nobody called the police.

Finally, FINALLY Jonathan woke up and let us in.

Gee whiz ... who knew stargazing could be so adventurous?


Lisa Novajosky Smith said...

I am laughing. It reminded me of Andy getting locked IN THE HOUSE (when his nanny/babysitter got locked out in the backyard). I think he may have been 2 years old or so. He was fine, looking at her through the window, listening to her trying to tell him how to turn the lock. She was crying. I was on a business trip. Breaking the garage door window to get back into the house was the solution. Did you ever hear the story of Nana running something to a forgetful child at school, dressed in Papa's pajama bottoms, with the Jeep dying at a busy five points intersection???

GrandmaK said...

Oh my!!! This is funny! But you know serious stargazers have many adventures at that your of the morning,or anytime. I'm married to one! Who said astronomy was boring!?! Merry Christmas to you all!! Cathy

Tiziana said...

Che ridere!! Che avventura!!! Mi sono immaginata tutta la scena: dal momento romantico, alla sorpresa per la porta chiusa, alla rabbia che nessuno sente il campanello, al sollievo di poter rientrare in casa.
Anche Damiano aveva ricevuto da piccolo un telescopio per vedere le stelle (ce l'ho ancora), ma il difficile è riuscire ad alzarsi per vedere le stelle, soprattutto d'inverno.
Vi auguro un bellissimo Natale e la prossima volta... ricordatevi le chiavi.

PAOLA said...

Ah! bellissima scena!! E' un ricordo che non dimenticherete facilmente!
bacioni a tutti

Lisa said...

This is a good giggle, Bia. After the fact! I bet it'll make it into family lore!

Christopher said...

Oh gosh, that must have been terrible.