(photo is public domain)
The other morning while driving south on I-5 I noticed Mount Rainier (pronounced rain-near) was gleaming against the bright blue sky. Us natives were taught at a relatively young age to keep a look out for this looming mascot of sorts. It's what makes this little bit of the country so beautiful; the water, trees and mountains all in the same spot! It is a finicky view though, as some days like today it's as clear as day, others it's only partially visible circled with mist and clouds, and still others it's just raining too darn much right where you're standing to get a good view of anything. But Tuesday it was out in all it's splendor, and I commented to E "Oh look, our mountain's out."
And she casually questioned, "Which one is it?
I said, "Mount Rainier, right there. Sometimes we see it from the airplane too."
"Mama," she started in "it's not just mount, you have to say mountain (pronouncing very emphatically)."
"Well, there's different words for the same thing, lots of mountain's are called mount," I gently reminded her.
She looked concerned for a bit and then asked "Does Santa like the mountain?"
I was puzzled, "What do you mean?"
As she casually looked out the window she said very seriously, "because it's Mountain Reindeer."