Can I just preface this with a confession – I ABHOR lateness.
If we agree on 5 pm for a glass of wine and chat some place, I am the girl who is there at 4:55.
That being said – I suck at mornings. I SUPER SUCK at mornings.
I do everything right the night before: clothes for Jr and myself selected and ready, lunches packed, bags together… I am on top of it.
And then sometime in the middle of the night, shit must just go off the rails. Because come dawn’s early light, getting out the door seems suddenly as difficult as climbing a 14er in a too tight pencil skirt and stilettos. I can’t get out the damn door in anything even brushing up against the definition of a timely fashion in the mornings.
Stuff just happens.
This morning we have managed to get coats, hats, gloves, etc on and secured, and I am loading bags out the door and into the car, SO CLOSE to departure that if this was a plane the flight attendants would be in their seats, and Jr declares “MY CAR SNACKS!!”
So I run back though the house to the kitchen to grab his go-cup of Cherrios, just in time to hear the unmistakable sound of Binky-the-wonder-dog starting to throw up… somewhere… off in the distance.
I track down the barf and start cleaning it up, bags still hanging off of every arm – determined to push through and get on the road.
Standing over me, watching this display and snacking down his cereal, Jr inquires “Mom, everyone throws up, right?”
“Yep that is true buddy, everyone is sick sometimes, even doggies.”
“Just like everybody poops? “ Errr…. Ok…. “I’m pooping right now,” he says, standing over me, 4 feet away from the bathroom door.
Add another item to the “to be cleaned up “ list.
I sigh and put all of the bags down.
One dumps its contents all over the floor.
Getting out the door is nothing short of an epic trudge every damn day. You can pack the lunches the night before, but you can’t plan for the poop, people.
Poop happens. And barf. And horrific coffee spills. And “NOT THAT SHIRT, I WANT THE RED SHIRT” wardrobe meltdowns. (Sometimes even from Jr. HA!)
I inevitably end up in the parking lot of Jr’s school taking my first conference call of the day while picking the remnants of a cheerio explosion out of my messy top-knot (sure, we can call that “intentional” messiness. You betcha.)
I have tried getting up earlier. I have tried getting Jr up earlier.
You know what I determined about getting up earlier? There is just more time for shit to hit the fan and slow you down.
Screw it – I’m sleeping in. Maybe I can get out the door before the universe notices we are even up one of these days.