Thursday, April 15, 2010

Stuck in an elevator...(to the tune of an Aerosmith song)

Ok so after having tried to post this on Facebook and it being too long I decided (Toby, Brooke's husband) to post it on the blog. Here we go...

As some of you may know we took a trip last weekend to Dallas. Well, we had a minor family emergency at our hotel. We stayed on the second floor of the Comfort Suites and were preparing to leave on Sunday morning by making sure everything was packed and we had everything out of our room. We entered the elevator to go to the first floor to check out and eat some breakfast. Brooke was carrying the baby and all of his bags,  Taylan had a couple of small bags, I had the laptop and a few other things and Kanyon had our small travel suitcase that had wheels so he could roll it. We push one on the elevator and down we go...

Once we hit the first floor everyone exits the elevator as most people do. Brooke was in front, Taylan behind her and I was behind Taylan and Kanyon was behind me... or at least he was suppose to be behind me. All of a sudden I hear "dad its closing!" in the most urgent vocal tone a kid can produce. At this point all I could see as I rushed to the elevator was a brief glimpse of Kanyon frantically struggling to get the suitcase into a position he could roll it from. Even as I pushed the button the door to the elevator insisted on closing as a bit of panic struck me. Just a bit. Kanyon was crying as his little voice trailed off in an upward direction and I ensured him it was going to be ok. I ran to find a flight of stairs to climb to meet him up there only to be devastated by a feeling of helplessness as my son was whisked away to the second floor and there was nothing I could do about. I couldn't find a flight of stairs. I had to concede defeat and wait for my son on the first floor.

As I stood at the door to the elevator awaiting its return the humor of the situation began to sink in. I began to giggle about the ordeal. As the doors opened and Kanyon stood there with a look of despair and relief I could no longer control it and began to laugh out loud. The whole ordeal probably took less than 5 minutes. It was funny and sad all at the same time.  Funny because that's the first time that something like that has happened to us. Sad because it couldn't have happened to the worse kid, Kanyon, an introvert who, if he had his way, would never leave the side of his parents or his older brother. Also sad too I guess because for the first time as a father I realized that sometimes things are out of my control. And it's during those times that I must lean on God's strength to get me and my family through those times.

But I think it's more on the funny side though... ;)

(posted by Toby Chambers)


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