1. When you have a new kitty that is very rambunctious, odds are great that he will knock over not one but two large potted plants. (And you KNOW where all the dirt from said pots ended up. I knew I should have taken the shop-vac.)
2. If your son goes out sled-riding with the Do-Good Gang, he will of COURSE take his phone with him. That phone will starts its adventure in a pile of snow, and will end up in a bowl of rice on your kitchen counter. (We will be conducting services at 9:00 a.m., if it doesn’t survive the night. In lieu of flowers please vote on babble.)
3. When you can’t find the kitty because he knows in his trouble for knocking over your PLANTS, try looking on your computer. (He’s probably emailing all his friends looking for asylum.)
4. One of the do-good boys discovered that if you try to run down the hardwood steps from the second floor to the living room with shoes that are covered in salt, you will slip and bounce down the last five steps, landing painfully on your bottom. (Call me crazy, but I’m guessing he’ll be sore for quite some time. And now I know how they ran out of salt. See #6)
5. When you allow your daughter to take your 4-wheel drive SUV to run errands before she goes to college, she will probably ignore your request that she NOT take the highway to the mall. And, when she enters said highway, even in 4-Wheel drive, she will engage in a slide and spin that will take her across the highway and spin her around several times. I can tell you right now, that there was surely a guardian angel riding with her today, and he went above and beyond the call of duty. (I am still reeling from this. And so is she.)
6. When your son tells you that he did indeed salt the driveway, check it before you pile the kids into your car to take them to their dad’s house. Odds are great that he ran out of salt on the flat part of the driveway outside the small garage and never made it to the 90 degree incline that immediately shoots you on to the busy, winding, narrow, SNOW COVERED road. (Attention Mr. Common Sense- you need to make a return visit. It appears The Golden Boy was hiding on the day you made your delivery.) And yes, we slid down the driveway onto the road, honking ALL THE WAY in the hopes that the tan Volvo heading towards us would hear and see us before making contact. He barely missed us. I am still shaking.
I’m here to tell you that today’s lessons will be felt for quite some time to come. However, Sassy’s lesson reminded us that each day, each moment is a gift. I am wrapping my gifts in my arms tonight, and thinking of those who are not as fortunate. (I love you sis. With all that I am.)
I’m also leaving a little something out for that guardian angel of ours. She's had a busy, busy day.