08 November 2009
One Thing Leads To Another
Ups and downs.
Highs and lows.
This and that.
A chain of events that
We were in the car on the way to the bank.
Piper threw up in the car again. (Is this a pattern?)
I turned the car around, errands never completed. I unbuckled the entire car seat, with the sticky, smelly two-year-old still buckled in, and set it all on the driveway. I left the car seat outside and carried the little Finnian directly in to the bathtub.
I forgot about the car seat.
Magnus did not.
Riley (or as our kids call her - Girl Staff Riley, not to be confused with Riley Our Sister) and Caitlyn came for a weekend visit.
We laughed. They burned cookies. We watched silly shows. They stayed with the wee ones while Kevin and I drove to pick up the finally repaired Tahoe. We caught up on the details of our lives. They helped entertain the young crowd of kids at our house. We moved furniture. (Yes, I disobeyed London's No Moving Furniture rule. Hey, I'm in charge here - right?)
In other words, I was rather distracted.
Which gave Magnus ample opportunity to eat Piper's car seat.
Well, not eat exactly. But solidly destroy, mangle or otherwise make said car seat unsafe for toddler transportation.
And the girls happily and kindly offered to stay at the house while I bought a new car seat.
Apparently I stayed distracted at the store as well.
Perhaps I was confused by the unusual calm surrounding me as I paid for my groceries and car seat. But I walked away from the cash register only to hear feet running behind me. It was my cashier. His name was Josh. He was carrying the milk I had forgotten to put in the grocery cart. I thanked him and headed to the car. I was out in the parking lot, approaching my car at the very end where I had parked. I heard feet running behind me. It was my cashier. Josh. Carrying the bananas I had left behind at the check out line.
But, on the bright side, I now appreciate Josh. I have a newly arranged living room. I listened to a really great CD loaned to me by Riley and discovered a fantastic little pair of musicians named Jenny & Tyler. And I basked in the kindness of two summer staffers who showed us love in action.
All because Piper threw up.