Tag: bad mornings

Moon in the Morning

IMG_0597The day has launched itself in a typical fashion – a few schedule changes, an alarm clock not set. One child missed the bus, one didn’t have his homework done, the third misplaced something that doesn’t belong to him. It would be easy for me to fall into my typical everyone is out the door, what a relief, oh damn we’re out of coffee mood.

Missing the bus is a particularly painful circumstance. The drive to school requires more than the total time I usually have to shower, dress and get myself out the door.

For some reason, our high school was designed in a fashion that requires everyone to enter using a left turn. This is challenging by any account, but this is Minnesota so people wait patiently in the northbound lane until someone heading south stops all traffic in order to let them in. I kid you not. This waiting-and-pausing-traffic-unexpectedly is classic Minnesotan. Add to that the fact that a majority of the drivers entering the school are teenagers with varying degrees of driving skill and it makes for a traffic snarl worthy of a much larger city.

In addition, the drop-off area requires you to talk to a real person, a parking attendant, in order to pull in, drop your child and go. I wasn’t up for a chat with the nice young man since I was still in my pajamas. (Hey, I didn’t plan this errand, don’t judge.)

So I performed a parent cheat – dropped my daughter in an obscure area with the instruction, “Hike over to the front door. Have a nice day.”

As I maneuvered my way back out of this traffic jam, I could feel the day slipping away. It only takes one wrong move to start me down the slippery slope of slightly missed opportunities.

But as I headed west toward home, something caught my eye. The moon, round and full, features plainly visible, still hovering in the morning sky. Something about the way the daylight surrounded it seemed hopeful.

And then a bald eagle flew over my car. I’m sure it was a good sign.

Time to get my day on.

 

This is a Ready-Set-Done writing prompt from the Daily Post – ten minutes of free-writing. See other posts here.

10 signs your day is off to a rough start

UnknownI know, carpe diem and all that stuff, but some days just don’t warrant a lot of enthusiasm. Ever wish you could go back to bed for an hour and wake up to a second start? Here’s some signs that might send you back to that still-warm pair of pajamas.

 10 signs your day is off to a rough start:

  1. The cat has thrown up in your shoe.
  2. You forgot to put the pot on the coffeemaker before you started it and are now cleaning up Lake Dark Roast.
  3. You have a voicemail from the school principal.
  4. You’re late and you’re out of gas OR it’s -8 and you’re out of gas OR all of the above.
  5. The day’s school lunch offering is something your kids call “that stuff that bounces when you drop it.”
  6.  Three members of your household have asked you a question that started with the phrase, “Have you seen my…”
  7.  You have to iron.
  8.  The only thing you can find for your breakfast is a granola bar that came free in the Sunday newspaper delivery.
  9. Your child leaves a musical instrument that cost more than your first car at the bus stop.
  10. Your black sweater is in the wash.

For any of you who are counting, this list includes five unplanned errands or chores and two rolls of paper towels. Not that I’m counting.

Some days are better than others, and some improve as the day goes on. I hope for you this is one of them.

What unbelievable obstacles will you overcome today?