Wednesday, January 07, 2009
In response to The Daily Sparker’s Bonus Challenge for Wednesday:
I was flabbergasted today to learn that I would be driving on the roads during Wednesday morning’s horror of a snow-sleet-freezing rain-storm! My DD1 is not experienced driving in these conditions and her employer wanted her at work, so I offered to take her in. But of course, the driveway needed to be shoveled, the car needed warming up and the windshield needed de-icing and scraping. So after consuming my bowl of hot, homemade chicken soup with the yummy bow-tie pastas, I bundled myself up in my oh-so-unattractive winter parka and slogged across the yard to the car. I de-iced, scraped, brushed MANY times over because the snow and freezing rain was coming down FAST. This was making me upset and miserable and rather angry with my DD1’s employer. Why couldn't they just give her the morning off? Plus, my gloves had a major hole in them and my hands were freezing, not to mention, some of my other body parts!! By the time I slogged back into the house to retrieve DD1, I was a fuming, wet, ugly mess of a mother!
As I grabbed my handbag to go out once again, my daughter came out of the bedroom, all fresh and beautiful, gorgeously made-up, looking confident and mature, and said, “Gee, Mom, thanks so much! I really appreciate your helping me out today. Sorry for being such a pain." And at that moment, I forgot all about my freezing hands and extremities, the scary drive ahead and back in nasty weather, even the fact that all this effort was for the very modest payment that would be coming her way at the end of winter break…. For just then, my anger simply melted away and my heart was filled with so much love and pride, I think I could have shoveled our road all the way to the center of town!
I happily replied, “Oh, don’t give it a second thought. On the way up, let’s go grab coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts, ok?” And then we were off!