We were just starting our drive home from our regular Sunday dinner at grandma’s and grandpa’s house.
E1: “Do you think we’ll get stopped at Hood Road again this time?”
Our route home takes us through the intersection of Denison and Hood Road, and it feels like we get faced with a red light 95% of the times we pass through going west-bound. It is particularly frustrating because A)it is approximately 100 meters from another set of traffic lights at Warden; B) it always seems to turn red seconds after the lights at Warden turn green, giving you the initial false hopes that you can pass through; and C)stays red for an inordinate amount of time, especially considering at 9pm on Sundays there is zero traffic driving on Hood Road. I had made enough comments and complaints about it on our drives home that E1 and E2 both knew the location and to look for the light.
This week was one of those odd occasions where T was driving. I pulled my neck a few days earlier and couldn’t really turn my head well, so we all agreed it was safest to have T drive.
Me: “Well, we can only wait and see when we get there. Daddy does seem to have better success at getting through Hood Road without getting a red light though. I always seem to get stopped.”
T: “Probably because you drive way more than I do.” I laughed.
E1: “Well Mommy, I remember on Thanksgiving you got a green light.”
Me: “True, but that’s like the only time I remember.”
E1: “Daddy must have the magic touch.”
T, chuckling: “People have been saying that about me for years.”
E2: “So why does Daddy still get stopped sometimes with the red light there?”
Me: “His magic for Hood Road must be depleted and I guess it takes a while before it gets replenished.”
T: “That’s called mana. My mana must be depleted each time I get through Hood Road without a red light. You guys know what mana is?”
E1: “Yeah! Like the magic in our Magic Quest wands. Before we got them activated again, it kept saying to us ‘Your wand’s mana has been depleted’ when we tried to use the wands at Great Wolf Lodge.”
E2: “What does ‘depleted’ mean?”
Me: “Depleted means used up, drained, finished.”
E1: “Ahh, I don’t talk about it right now, or else Daddy’s magic will go away!”
T: “That’s called, ‘Jinxing’ it.”
We drive along Denison and get stopped at the red light on Warden Ave behind several cars, one light away from the infamous light.
E1 cranes her head to check out the Hood Road light situation. “Oh no! The light is green! That means it’s probably going to turn red by the time we get there again!”
E2: “Oh no oh no oh no!”
The light at Warden turns green and we drive the 100 meters towards Hood Road. Amazingly, the light stays green.
Me: “Oh my gosh guys! We’re going to make it through Hood Road! The light is staying green!”
All in the car: “Yaaayy!”
E2: “Daddy really *does* have the magic touch!”