It was still Thursday, June 2, 2016
An Evening Adventure:
I was out or low on all but cereal so I decided not to forfeit the voucher, opting instead to venture out to the grocery store. I rarely take the twins shopping with me if I’m going WIC shopping – way too stressful. I also didn’t look forward to rush-hour traffic or the crowded store at 5:20pm, but I decided to look at it as an adventure. I loaded everyone up, but again, Bella objected to me strapping her in. “I do it, Bella do it!” I stood there and waited to let her try until finally she said, “Halp, mommy, halp Bella do it!” So I helped her do it then I got in the car and buckled up.
Out of nowhere it started to pour rain. I felt anxiety brewing along with the storm. I looked back at the kids. “Maybe we should ask daddy to go to the store after he gets home,” I tried to convince them, and myself. “Aww, I really wanna go!” Mica begged. On the way, I prayed to God, “Please don’t let this be a disaster.” The rest of the way I talked to the children about “doing the right thing” and “having good behavior” and listening to and obeying mommy.”
The rain had let up a bit by the time we got to the store but the ground was wet so I carried a baby on each hip and told Mica to hold onto my bookbag as we crossed the parking lot. Inside, there were no double seated carts so I put brooks in the front (where he’d be less likely to cause any trouble) and Bella in the back of the cart (she’s slightly more advanced in following directions, such as “stay seated”). I found almost all the items I needed surprisingly quickly. I just had to get cereal.
Oh, the cereal isle. You know the cereal isle with kids. I’ve read the WIC directory thoroughly so I know what’s allowed and what isn’t so I knew exactly what to look for. But there was a display case that looked quite yummy to Brooksie. He reached for one box.
It was like watching dominoes in slow motion and I whispered my prayer again: “Please don’t let this be a disaster, Please don’t let this be a disaster, please don’t let this be a disaster,” as at least 10 boxes crashed into one another and down to the floor. Mid-fall, I felt the cart move as Bella tried to stand up to catch the falling cereal boxes. I grabbed her. There was a lady calmly walking by from the other direction. I don’t know if she heard me praying, was just a thoughtful and kind person, or was an angel in disguise, but she picked up the boxes with a smile while I held my hyper twins at bay. Bless her, Lord.
As usual, there were issues at the register, but the manager knew that what I had was allowed, so he over-rode any of the blocks. He asked if I needed help out to the car. Yes, please. By this time it was raining cats and dogs, so I asked the clerk if she’d stay with my groceries while I strapped the kids in and then drive up to put the bags in the car. We all got drenched getting back in. And Bella, oh Bella. I stood there in the rain for a few seconds (I was soaked anyway). Knowing she couldn’t strap herself and standing in the pouring rain, I strapped her in, much to her screaming objections. I pulled up to get the groceries and low-and-behold, the rain stopped.
We came home and I threw together a quick meal and we wound down by watching a movie together. Amor came home and I was spent! After he got settled in, I went to my room, leaving bedtime rituals to him. I took my meds, laid down and turned on the TV. Mica came in. She wanted to cuddle. How could I say no? I couldn’t. I told her to go get her “Alex” chapter book from the series I’ve been reading to her. The words on the last page of the chapter started to get blurry and run together but somehow I made it to the end before drifting off to sleep.
I’d be lying if I said that our life isn’t usually this adventurous. I never know what the day will bring. Sometimes, the truth is stranger than fiction. And sometimes this Bipolar mom feels like she’s either on candid camera, or should have her own reality show, because, boy, would it be entertaining.
Double Talk Quote: “I can’t wear my bathing suit because it still has 5 minutes left in the microwave” – Mica, meant to say washing machine
Bible Verse: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Word that has Lost its meaning: easy
Relatable Lyrics: “Nobody Told Me” by John Lennon
“Nobody told me there’d be days like these
Strange days indeed — most peculiar, mama”