Saturday morning, post-post- winning soccer game (7-0); post- last-minute waterfight playdate for Liam; pre-swimming date at best friend's house.
The Background :
We've just come to the realization that we booked the tile-guy for a job eight weeks from now, and we have not yet chosen a tile. We need almost 900 square feet. Could be an issue. Decide to pack all the stuff needed for the afternoon, and then the kids, to check out a couple of places only open until 4 PM.
In the minivan, on 16th avenue, en route to tile place.
Me (as I'm checking behind my shoulder for the pink life-saving electronic device housing the Backyardigans DVD; I don't see it) :
"Oh, little girl's fallen asleep already, so I guess we don't need it"
DH: "Yeah, yeah, I brought it, it's somewhere, just don't know where I put it"
Me: "Good, if we take too long we're going to need it."
Sound effects: GALLOPING ON THE ROOF AND THEN A THUD.
Me: "What was that?"
DH: "Oh shit, that was the DVD player. I must have put it on the van when I was buckling her in."
Liamster: "Yeah, I saw the flash of pink. It bounced off the road and the car behind us hit it on the side. Cool!"
Me: "Great, the DVD rental is in there."
DH: "We'd better go back to get it, don't want to cause any accidents"
The Next Steps:
DH drives around the block, parks, then hops out of the van and runs around the corner to get it.
Meanwhile, back in the van:
Me in frustration (warning, don't do this, as it's not nice to call people names, and kids have great memories) - "Your Dad can be such a knob. Why put it on top where you can't see it? All he had to do was buckle your sister in while I had to pack everything and act as beast of burden with 5 bags to load up the van... blah, blah..."
Liamster: "Mom, are you ever going to forgive Dad?"
Me (after a brief pause): "Yeah, I guess I'll have to."
DH gets back in the van. "Were you guys laughing at me running?"
Liamster: "No, but Mom forgives you. Besides, she's put one of my mad science projects up there once."
I keep forgetting my kid's memory - I guess he's taken what's left of his parents' combined.
Wear a helmet if you're walking in my neighbourhood.