I was having a day last week, or at least I thought I was, that would have most people sucking their thumb in a dark closet! It brought back many memories of being a stay at home mom with numerous small children who had lots of demands and needs and a schedule that would have been impossible for Wonder Woman to maintain. Yet, I expected it of myself and found myself overwhelmed and frustrated.
So anyway, I was behind in my office work. We were planning a bridal shower for Superson’s fiancée. I took two days off work to shop for supplies with Mini Me. By Thursday, I was totally overwhelmed and decided to focus on catching up on paperwork so that I could prepare the house on Friday. Of course the shower for 30 women was to be at my house.
I was typing away madly. At 11:30, I was still in pajamas, typing and babysitting two grandchildren. The dogs had hair appointments and of course I could not remember what time. As I went to call the groomer, Mini Me called and let me know that “Max” had been up half the night because her ear hurt. She had made an appointment with the pediatrician and it would really help if I could take her. SURE! NO PROBLEM! I really didn’t mind, as Mini Me was taking the lead with the shower and putting in a lot of work. However, the appointment was at 2:20. Three hours, I could do that. I just need to leave 45 minutes to get there.
Called the groomer. What time are the dogs to be there? 12:00! No problem, I can do that. I have to get dressed and put two children and four dogs in the car. Done! And I was only ten minutes late. Belle only needs her nails trimmed and we wait while that is done and I can move on to the next event. But, the low fuel light on my car was on. Got to stop for gas even though my friend has informed me that when you are married, it is your husband’s responsibility to make sure you always have gas in your car. Seriously?! There is a gas station around the corner and I stop. I am not kidding you when I tell you that the pump was so slow it took 15 minutes to put one gallon of gas in! I don’t have that kind of time! It is already 12:40! I still have to hit three banks and get lunch for the kids and get them dressed. A shower would be helpful too. Okay, executive decision! One gallon is at least enough to get me back home. Done!
On the way home, I give instructions to “Max”. Get dressed, make sure you have socks on, get an outfit out of the drawer for your brother. Nana needs to take a quick shower and get dressed. As we pull in the driveway, I hear a “plop” in the back of me. “Max”, what happened? Oh Nana, Belle threw up all over the back seat! Are you kidding me?!!!! It is 12:50. I get the kids inside and make a brave attempt at cleaning the car. It is so bad that I finally take the floor mat out and hose it off. I am running and breaking a sweat at this point. 1:00, I can do this. Shower, dress, a little makeup, kids in the car and it is only 1:15. I can do this.
I drive through two banks, the pharmacy will have to wait until after the pediatrician and so will bank number three. Need lunch for the kids. McDonald’s is just up the road. I hate to, but I drive through. It is 1:45. I can do this. I am doing great until…..I manage to get behind every awkward driver on the planet. Everyone is driving a minimum of five miles per hour under the speed limit! I make turns to get on a new route. It doesn’t help. There is a conspiracy, the slowboats have mapped out every possible route I could take and strategically placed someone at that location to slow me down. I can still do this!
As I finally get close to the Pediatrician’s, I see a car, a lady, a tow truck and two men in a driveway up ahead. As I pass the driveway, I notice that the back end of the lady’s minivan is sitting on top of a boulder that is at least four feet high, wheels off the ground. I just know that the two men are struggling not to laugh while they figure out how to remove the car from its lofty parking spot! Maybe my day isn’t so bad after all!
By the way, I made it to the Pediatrician and was only five minutes late. My blood pressure was up at least 20 points, but I was smiling and still got home in time to get dressed to go out to dinner at 6:30!!!! Told you I could do it! Have a blessed day and smile and be thankful for the blessings and adversity placed in front of you.
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