Friday, January 18, 2008

The One Where I Can't Return to Nathan's School

I had a photo shoot today with the family of my best friend from high school. 2 Mommies, 2 Daddies, 1 Grandad, 1 Me-Mah (Grandma), 1 puppy and 6 kids from age 6 to only a few months old. We were at a park and it was so much fun. I haven't had a chance to review the photos yet but I am hoping we have something with everyone looking at the camera. Alyssa had Lucy at home with her so I was all on my own once I wrapped the session up and headed north to Nathan's school to pick him up.

It was about 12:05 when I pulled into Nathan's school. He would be done with "Lunch Bunch" at 12:30 so I decided to make the most of my time and take a quick nap. I set the alarm on my phone, leaned the seat back and closed my eyes.

"That was a nice photo shoot today. Hope the pictures look good. It was good to see my friends I hope Lucy has been good for Alyssa. I need to do some laundry. Hmmm, I am really surprised how not tired I am. Normally I would have fallen asleep by......"
I was out.

I woke up to the sound of a horn honking. Someone nearby in the parking lot was having an electrical problem with their car and the alarm was going off and they couldn't get it to stop. In addition to the honking, her battery was dying so it just kind of sounded like a really sick seal had hitched a ride to Poway and was sitting on top of my car.

I looked around more to get my bearings and saw that the parking lot was almost empty. The playground was empty. My son was sitting next to his teacher on the playground. They were all alone. And the clock? Well it told me that despite arriving at the school 25 minutes early, I was now 15 minutes late picking him up!!

I popped up from my reclined position and ran across the parking lot, stumbling as I did since the rest of my body had not caught up with my brain. I can only imagine what an 8 months pregnant, drunk walking mother tripping on the curb toward the playground looked like to the sweet Assistant Teacher from my son's school.

"See teacher? I told you that was my mommy's car!"
To which I replied,
"Oh no baby, I am not your Mommy. I am some lady that you and your teacher will never see again. Your REAL Mommy would NEVER pick you up late because she passed out from pregnancy enduced exhaustion."

Anyone know any good preschools in the Southern California area?


  1. No kids, nice warm car, more than 20 seconds of quiet...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  2. I'm really trying hard to not laugh. trying REALLY hard.'s not working :)

    I can only laugh because this is something that I would do. Just do what I do and keep blaming it on pregnancy as long as you possibly can. Then you can use the "New baby, no sleep" excuse.

  3. I laugh with you, and not at you in regards to this story. I KNOW that it is something that could easily happen to me or anyone for that matter! THANK GOD someone was having car issues and you were only 15 minutes and not any longer. I pray that you can get some rest, I totally remember being exhausted all the time. Wait...I'm still exhausted all the time. :)

  4. That's hilarious! Originally though, I thought you were going to wake up hours later or something. Now that would have been comedy. It's dark, you wake up, Nathan is a sobbing puddle of hysterical goo. :-)

    I, for one, am glad that you were only fifteen minutes late.

  5. I had a feeling you were going to blog about this one because it is funny and worthy of sharing.

    BTW did you make sure to clean off the crusted drool around your mouth before getting out of the car (hee-hee) ?

  6. Hehehe Oh that is priceless!! Absolutely PRICELESS!!

  7. I know others tried not to laugh, but I laughed very loud sitting here at my computer. Then I told Nate. He laughed, too. =^)

  8.'s a trick...set the alarm on your cell phone. When I was pregnant with my first, I was still working full-time. I couldn't make it through the day without my lunchtime car nap...that cell phone...the ONLY thing that got me out of that car on time! :)

    Happy zzzzzz!

  9. Oh nO! They's so nice and understanding, I bet they hardly noticed!