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"Are You Running On Empty Today?"

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As parents, we all have them - Unbelievably Bad Days! I like to call these stories “the parenthood chronicles.” This one is courtesy of my cousin and documents a day she experienced last week. (Maybe after reading it, your day will seem a little better.)

“I was in the market for a jogging stroller. The Wisconsin fall weather made it a perfect time to think about walks in the cool, crisp air. I imagined the smell of leaves and the sound of them crunching under my feet as I walked. Bundling up my daughter with a soft blanket and tucking her in for a comfortable ride as I pushed her through the neighborhood. Now I just needed that stroller. As luck would have it, I found the model that I wanted on Craig’s List.

After agreeing on a price, I made the arrangements to pick up my new purchase. Okay, so it was 35 miles away. When I thought of the exercise it would inspire me to do, in addition to the quality time with my daughter, I didn’t mind the drive. But when you are a parent, the thing about making plans is that your day can quickly overbook.

The morning of the stroller pick up started like an ordinary day. I drove my son to preschool and took my car into the repair shop. It had been having trouble with the fuel gauge and this was the second time into the shop. After charging me the first time, they still couldn’t seem to find the problem. Still, I dropped the car off hoping that I would no longer have to record my millage in order to know when I needed to fill the tank up with gas.

I drove the rental car home and familiarized myself with the afternoon schedule. Have lunch with my daughter, pack up snacks and necessities for our drive, pick up my son at 3:30, meet the stroller lady at 4:30, turn around and be home in time to make my family a fabulous dinner. I had it all under control. UNTIL the repair shop called around 2:30.

They still couldn’t find the problem with the fuel gauge and wanted me to pick my car up. I looked at the clock. OK, that might work. I really wasn’t excited about taking the rental car to get the stroller anyway.

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What a horrible, wonderful story of a day. We have all been there at one time or another, when events seem to pile up and actively conspire against us on one certain day. Somehow, reading about someone else's "adventure" puts things in perspective. Thank you!

September 23, 2009 - 5:06pm
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