As we cleaned up after the fabulous Golden weekend – we discovered that several family members left things behind.
I guess I wasn’t really too surprised – but it was a rather interesting assortment of items including:
3 sleeping bags
1 dirty wash cloth
a pair of pink tennis shoes
a pair of jeans
a glass baking dish with lid
3 tubes of toothpaste (which we have been using – thanks for the donation!)
1 travel size bottle of Head & Shoulder’s (I’m still wondering if this one was a hint!)
Since we live almost 2 hours from the closest family – I wondered how long it would be before we could make connections to return these items.
But then things started falling into place.
Jan bought a used plow on Craig’s list that had to be picked up several hours away. He asked me if I wanted to ride along. Of course I said yes! After almost 20 years of marriage and five kids I’m always glad of a little alone time with my sweetheart – especially if it involves traveling back roads!
Since we would pass within a few miles of one of my sister’s house – I made some phone calls to make arrangements to meet them in route to pass off the pile of forgotten things. I threw together some snacks, had Pedro pack up the big pile in the van, and I headed to town to meet Jan.
So far so good – right?!
I wanted to make a quick stop at the library to pick up a couple of books – but alas none of the books I wanted were there. But I did see a good friend and had a nice chat – which salvaged the trip! (Hey Caroline!)
Then I ran to the grocery for 2 things – yes just 2! I grabbed them and headed to the check-out where I got behind a mom with several little ones. They were just the cutest little things driving the special grocery cart with the car in front!
Of course they had to “help” mommy – which took twice as long. But I didn’t complain – I just stood there smiling because I remember the not-too-distant past when I was that Momma!
But it did put me behind schedule.
Then I realized that I would be riding in a car for 2 hours – which made me need to use the bathroom – so I ran over to Pamida which had the closest public restroom in town – before jumping in the van and heading out to meet Jan at work.
I was about 10 minutes late and a little flustered when I arrived and saw him waiting outside for me!
He had the Suburban and trailer there – so all I had to do was transfer the stuff from the van into the Suburban and we would be off on our “date”.
I grabbed my books, jacket and the food, jumped in and we took off.
We were halfway to the interstate before I remembered the forgotten stuff in the back of the van.
Yup – I had totally forgotten it.
Jan even asked before we left if I had gotten everything transferred. Of course I did – I had the food and my books !
It was quite embarrassing – after all the trouble to arrange things – to call my brother-in-law and tell him that he didn’t need to meet us because I had forgotten the forgotten things.
He thought it was quite humorous.
He might still be laughing.
I know Jan is!
It took a few more miles to laugh at myself – but we did go on to have a wonderful evening together.
And the forgotten things will remain forgotten – at least for now.
I’ve linked this post up at Friday Fails over at My Blessed Life.