Part of the thousand-page registration packet we picked up was a sheet that described how to put together two "emergency kits" for the kids in case of earthquake. Now, I'm from Florida where we were never asked to do such silly things. No earthquakes out there, and if it was raining too hard and too windy, well then you wouldn't be at school. So, this is kind of new territory for me.
The sheet has a list of things to go into two different ziploc bags. One bag is for a shorter term, more immediate emergency and will be kept in the classroom. This one only has ONE non-perishable food item and only ONE bottle of water. The other bag is for longer term and requires two bottles of water, three non-perishable food items. a small toy or book, notepad and pencil, a space blanket, two 33-gallon trash bags, etc. This bag is going in a container outside of the classroom. Both bags also require a family photo and a comfort letter from mom or dad.
Given that I'm the "writer" in the family, I thought I'd give it a whirl. My first inclination was to open up my laptop and knock something out. But then, I thought that might not be too comforting to my daughter. She might prefer something handwritten. So, I go get a nice stationary and pen and sit down to write this letter of comfort for her.
But I'm stuck. What do I say to comfort my child in some undetermined emergency state?? Here's my first draft.
I'm sorry that some unfortunate situation has occurred that requires you to open this bag and read this letter. I don't know if it's an earthquake or what, so I don't really have any words of advice for you. Even if it was an earthquake, your Southeastern U.S. mother wouldn't know what to do. Hopefully they've taught you that at school already. I can tell you what to do if it's a hurricane though. Not much help, huh?
Did you eat your raisins yet? Hope they didn't get stale. I picked them as your non-perishable item because they are self contained, and to be honest, what we had in the cupboard at the time I put this kit together for you. It was another thing to mark off my ever increasing to-do list and just part of a thousand page registration packet getting you ready for Kindergarten. If this is a major catastrophe, then you'll also be able to enjoy a Kids' Cliff bar -- you love those!! Oh, and you'll get to practice writing or drawing on the cute notepad you picked out! Hope you enjoy seeing your small toy. We opted to use something you already had rather than have you pick out a new toy that had to immediately go into a bag you will hopefully never see again. Until now.
Yeah, so I'm not sure where you are or what you are doing when you are reading this. Or better yet, I don't even know if you are able to read this yourself yet or not. In which case, I hope the adult or older child who is reading it will excuse my handwriting. I don't write things by hand much lately. You know, with the advent of computers and all. Which reminds me. If you are getting cell phone reception, I'm including my cell phone number at the bottom. Send me a text and let me know that my child is busy reading their comfort letter and so I have a chance to actually come comfort her in person.
Anyhoo - I hope you are able to make the best out of the bad situation you are in. Really the only thing I can tell you that would be of any comfort is how much Daddy and I love you. We always will. Regardless of whether or not you or we live through this catastrophic event.
What do you think? Positive? Upbeat? Extra points for humor??