Funny story on the way to…

January 18, 2011

I am having a DELIGHTFUL day!  So delightful, in fact, that I feel compelled to share the mundane nuances with all of you.  All five of you.

First off, Daughter #2 had a meltdown before school.  It is SOOOO hard to get three kids out the door and to school on time – high stress.  When one melts down, the system quickly falls apart.  But today I was uncharacteristically relaxed, so I didn’t completely freak out with her.  And what do you know?  We recovered.  We recovered so well she and I parted on good terms when we arrived at the school.  This is the outcome I work towards, but rarely achieve.  I’m learning.

Later on I had lunch with my friend Korie, one of the most beautiful and honest and wise and loving people I know.  We hadn’t seen each other in…I don’t even know how long.  Too long.  So it goes.

But BEFORE I walked into the restaurant, I parked on the snowy, car packed, odd side of the street.  By the way, I kick ass at parallel parking.  My Dad wouldn’t let me take the drivers test until I could do that well.  Thanks, Dad.

And while I did land in the perfect spot, I dinged the car behind me.  Bummer.  I got out and looked and the only damage I did was crack the plastic license plate holder, a loss few people would notice, but it wasn’t mine to not care about, so I felt bad.  This is not the first time I dinged a parked car without an owner in sight and left a note.  But my pen wouldn’t work and my friend was waiting.  Oh, the debate.  Do I leave, don’t I?  I finally rationalized that I could check back when I was done with lunch.  Briefly it occurred to me that my friend Sheryl has a car just like it, wouldn’t it be funny (or embarrassing) if it was hers?

And who do I see when I walk in the restaurant?  My dear friend Sheryl.  Yes, it was her car and, yes, she quickly offered absolution after my confession.

Whew!

What a gift it is to be so surrounded by sweet (and forgiving) friends that I run into them (or in my case, their cars) everywhere I go.  So if any of you know of any stellar plastic license plate cover ideas, please let me know.

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One Response to “Funny story on the way to…”

  1. laura said

    It was always an amazing feat when I managed to rise above my sons’ tantrums and it never failed to make me feel like Mother Theresa or Buddha or Nanny on Nanny and The Professor.

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