Last night I drove my kid to the wrong venue for practice.
(Just bear with me here…I may sound like I’m complaining but really, I’m just anecdote-ing my life as it unfolds because one day when I’m all alone and old and probably depressed I’ll re-read this drivel and it will help me remember that I went through all these adventures as a parent of kids in sports during the age of the internet.)
Typically the Wednesday night practices are at a diamond by a school about 15 minutes from our house. For some reason I didn’t verify in my teamsnap app before leaving and just made an assumption about the location. Wednesday is always at that diamond…
I only realized after we arrived on time that they were practicing at the diamond 10 minutes north of there, at a diamond near a park. Also the same place where I saw the enormous bug on the weekend.
Of course by 10 minutes I mean more like 20. Because of rush hour traffic and construction.
I was kind of pissed off, mostly at myself.
When I asked my kid if he knew, he said no. Because why would he when it’s always a parent announcing when we have to leave, when they need to be ready, yada yada. Plus it’s obviously a parent who does the driving, too, while the little prodigies relax in the car and stare at their phones. There is no reason really for the kids to be proactive about any of this.
He got mad at me for being upset.
Anyway, I hate late.
I don’t do late.
I tried to explain that sometimes a little support would be nice. Would it kill my kids to glance at their teamsnap apps just as a backup in case a parent is confused/tired/stressed or whatever?
The way we let those kids just passively live their lives while waiting on them hand and foot is maddening.
Not that we do that exactly, I’m just exaggerating here because I’m in a bad mood.
You see, I typed this blog post in my car. Had I known I needed to drive aaaaall the way up there, what with rush hour and construction, I would have dressed differently and taken advantage of the little park nearby while my boy was practicing. I could have taken a walk, brought a book to read on a park bench, watch toddlers and dogs get exercised…
But I’m not dressed warm enough to spend more than a few minutes outside. Canada decided to give us more arctic weather. I’m cold, hence I’m in the car.
But the practice is too long (100 minutes) to wile away in my vehicle so I drove down to the second hand store and looked at jewellery. 😀 Almost bought some, too. This is fashion jewelery I’m talking about, btw. Neat but inexpensive stuff that looks a little vintage-ish.
But I decided not to.
And then, I saw these:
No I did not buy them either although the kids would have loved them. 😊 I’m trying to purge stuff out of the house not bring in more stuff.
Anyway. It’s almost June, the end of the school year, and my brain is fried. Earlier this week I falsely canceled two dog sitting engagements because I can no longer comprehend what I’m reading in my calendar. There is some disconnect between what my eyes are reading and what my brain is registering.
I’m noticing too that our vacation is coming up rather quickly and I should be focusing on making lists and preparing for that trip.
Instead, I spend most of my time (once the family is out of the house) writing, reading and scheduling stuff, paying bills and dealing with food.
Try not to be jealous of my exciting life.
So that was my hump day.
How are YOU doing?