Thursday, May 8, 2008

Saftey First

You may not know this, but we have an ice axe on our wall. Robert bought it back in grad school- he and Vogelman! were going to hike Mt. Whitney and there was a chance of the trail being icy and well, he wanted an ice axe. As it turned out the trail wasn't icy and the ice axe was never used. But it has adorned our living room wall ever since.

Today the kids were asking about the ice axe, and if they could use it next winter when there was ice (Zion: maybe, with adult help. Liel: Um, no.). They wanted to know exactly how and why daddy had thought he might use the ice axe, so I explained about the hiking trip with Uncle Vogelman! and it being difficult to walk on ice, and if there was ice on the trail how breaking it up with the axe might be both useful and safer for Daddy.

Liel frowned. "Or", she said, "Daddy could hold Uncle Vogelman's! hand!"


robert said...

technically, the axe is for use as a walking stick and in case of a sliding fall (or avalanche) as a self-arrest device. it is not for breaking ice.

next time i'll leave it at home and hold vogelman!'s hand. i should've thought of that.

NedaAnn said...

That may just be the cutest thing I've ever heard. She is precious.

the main stitch upholstery said...

i don't know why robert didn't think of that to begin with instead of wasting all that money on wall ornaments. he he.

robert said...

umm. can you think of a more manly wall ornament than an axe? and i don't mean one of those ren festy axes...i mean an axe that screams out "climb mountains with me! explore the wilderness oh master of danger!"