In happier times... (please read on)
Thank you for your lovely comments about Livvie starting school. We were so proud to see her stand up at the School Assembly this afternoon to accept an award for her class, only to see her burst into tears and cry inconsolably just minutes later! Apparently, she had looked out into the audience and couldn't see Mum & Dad. The poor little thing is exhausted from her first week (actually only three days) at school. She is slowing finding her way and learning what to do.
It's been quite a learning curve for us all... We really should have listened to the Principal when he said 'No parking within sight of the school'. Well today, Nick and I were running late for the Friday afternoon assembly, after picking up Elly from Preschool, so we parked down the street from the school. We found a spot at the start of a lane-way (big mistake!) and far enough away, or so we thought!
After we had picked up Liv and came out of the school, we could see a traffic jam ALL the way down the street. It was so bad, one lady was standing on her seat, head and torso out the window (I have never seen this before!), trying to see what the problem was and one man was walking down the middle of the road, in between all the cars which were stopped in both directions (no joke! I thought for a moment they might be filming a movie!), trying to discover the cause of the standstill.
As our little family walked idly towards our car, chatting to Livvie about her day, I will never forget the moment Nick's and my eyes locked and we came to the terrible realisation that it was OUR CAR that had caused the jam! (Nick looked like a deer in the headlights!)
And do you want to know what my lovely husband did?!?!?!
He gave ME the keys!!!
Which meant I had to be the one to get in the drivers' seat and get us out of that mess!
Honestly, I. could. have. died! It was so embarrassing and I felt so bad for all the inconvenience we had caused. Other cars behind us had to reverse and cars in front of us had to edge close to a brick wall, so we could get our car out and the traffic moving again.
It was so bad, I told Nick I actually thought I was having a heart attack, because it really felt like my heart was about to burst out of my chest! I felt hot and sweaty and shaky all over. I can hardly bare to think about it now, but really needed to debrief this horrible scene so I don't have nightmares about it tonight. Thanks for listening.
I have had quite a few 'embarrassing moments' in my life, but this one takes the cake. I don't know how Livvie is feeling, but I think I'm scared to go to school on Monday...
Week #1 Lesson Learned: Do as you are told.