Need to pick up son’s wood-shop project before one oclock, but I’m at the office, submitting an online grant application. It’s due.
Submission fails. Question six 6 too long.
Fix. Submit again.
Submission fails. Question eight too long.
Repeat four more times. Submission successful.
Rush to high school to pick up son’s woodshop project.
Woodshop project: side table. Looks good.
Son brings woodshop project to parking lot and loads into vehicle.
Stop for sandwich to make it back to office for one o’clock webinar.
Webinar topic: database reports and dashboard panel.
Sandwich shop closed for remodeling.
Go next door and order Chinese take-out.
Worry about missing webinar, thus causing a costly fee to agency.
Veggie fried rice in hand, rush back to parked vehicle.
Daughter calls. She’s stuck in a parking garage with her three-year-old client.
40 cents short in her debit card to pay the fee to open the gate. No attendant. What to do?
I worry for my webinar, but who cares, what about the children?!!
Call Bob, who’s at a conference. Idea comes to mind.
Call daughter. She’s driving around parking garage calming the three-year-old by saying they can’t get out because they are “special.” She plays the Frozen soundtrack.
I forget about the webinar, the wood-shop project, and the fried rice. Instruct the daughter to go to pay machine and look for phone number. Standing under a tree by my vehicle, call that number.
A live person answers. Halleluiah!
“My daughter and a small child are stuck in the garage. They are 40 cents short. Can you help?”
Yes, he’ll go there immediately to help. Shout out to Keck Parking. You guys rock.
It’s 90 degrees outside. Did I mention I don’t have my own car? I’m driving Bob’s rust bucket truck. It’s a big glug.
Head back to the office. Admire the wood-shop project riding shotgun. Imagine it next to my rocking chair.
Wait, there’s a sprawling pen-mark on the front of the wood-shop project. It says “Stephen” in three inch letters. Stephen is not my son.
Bumble into my office. Five minutes late for the webinar. I’m logged in. My agency is not charged.
They say you should use the lunch hour to network.
I use it to parent teenagers. Life is beautiful.