Are You Missing an Umbrella?
Friday, October 05, 2012
We have had torrential rain off and on for the last two days. Yesterday, while lunching in a local restaurant with a long-time friend and my daughter, the rain began bucketing down. It was decided that since she was the youngest one there, my daughter Marie would go to her vehicle and get an umbrella and return to escort us to our cars. I knew she had one of the small folding umbrellas in her truck so as she was about to leave, I told her, "Rie, I have a large umbrella in the front floor of my car, just bring it instead of yours. I left the driver's side door unlocked so you can just jump in and grab it quickly."
I noticed that she was gone for a while but eventually she returned, soaking wet, but carrying two umbrellas, neither of which was mine, but I didn't say anything. She duly escorted my friend to her car and then we agreed that she would drive me home since it was storming so badly, she could dry her clothing, and then we would return later for my car.
As we drove down the interstate, the conversation went something like this:
Mom, you didn't leave your driver's side car door unlocked."
"Oh, I'm sorry. I thought I did."
"You did leave your passenger door unlocked though."
"Oh, really?" Mentally, I'm thinking, chemo brain again. Since my electric locks aren't working, I would have had to walk around the car locking each door individually and I definitely didn't remember doing that.
"Anyway, the umbrella wasn't in the front; it was in the back."
"It was in the front. I saw it just as was getting out of the car and thought about taking it inside with me but I didn't. I forgot."
"No, it was in the back, right next to the litter box."
"LItter box? I don't have a litter box in my car. I do have a gallon of coolant on the back seat." I was thinking she mispoke and meant to say litter as I used to buy the brand of litter in the gallon jug when I had a cat.
"It was a litter box sitting right next to the umbrella!"
"Rie, why would I have a litter box in my car? I don't have a cat!"
So, if you drive a Saturn identical to mine, and if you are missing a blue-and-white umbrella, you can claim it, if you can tell me where and when it disappeared from your car.