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Monday, April 6, 2009

A Series of Unfortunate Events

It is unfortunate that my daughter has no patience for car rides. During even a quick drive to the grocery store, she routinely attempts Houdini-like moves to wiggle her way out of her car seat to freedom.

It is unfortunate that when my daughter cries in the car, my son frequently joins in, giving me a “surround sound” like experience while I am driving.

It is unfortunate that as we were pulling out of the parking lot at the grocery store, we happened upon one of Giancarlo’s pre-school teachers, who was driving home in the same direction as us.

It is unfortunate that in an effort to distract my son and silence the crying, I became overly excited and accelerated in order to catch Teacher Rachel’s attention at a point when I should have been yielding and allowing her to merge peacefully onto the freeway.

I should have been looking more closely at this sign.

Instead, I was thinking how fun it would be to pull alongside her car and wave. For a moment, I actually complimented myself on the brilliance of my plan.

It is unfortunate that I am not a better judge of distance. If this were the case, I probably could have avoided cutting off Teacher Rachel at the on-ramp to the freeway.

I think Giancarlo may be too “sick” to make it to pre-school this week.

-Francesca
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86 comments:

Mel @ ShimmerMeBlue said...

LOL, That's just too funny! I wouldn't blame you if he was 'sick' this week ;)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

OMG I always think about that when I'm driving. I can't believe it was someone you really knew. Yikes ... Hopefully you were just a blur ... LOL

wenbren explains it all said...

let's just hope that she didn't see you!!for Giancarlos sake!

Sugar Boogers & Tantrums said...

Stopping by from SITS. Would love to visit San Fransisco sometime. Have a great week!!

Sevibabyyy said...

Yeah, he definitely needs to be sick this week. HAHA!

Kirsty said...

Oh boy *blush*

Deb said...

That is indeed unfortunate.

Re: your comment to my blog. Francesca, you know you would be a series regular, appearing in the pilot episode, "Deb Gets Her First Comments," and moving on to "Deb Gets Ispired." Ashley Judd would be a good choice...

The Blonde Duck said...

LOL! You poor thing. I would have just been like, "I was playing car tag. You're it!"

Lori said...

Embarrassing moments in the car are always the worst. You don't have a chance to explain yourself, and I'm sure you contemplated calling Teacher Rachel to explain yourself, but then you chose not to because you thought you'd look like a bigger idiot. Yeah, I've been there.

Don't worry, though... I think your pride is the bigger victim here instead of G :) Feel better?

Vodka Mom said...

If her memory is anything like mine, she'll never remember it even happened!!

Connie said...

oh my! ... kids sure can make a racket in the car. I remember once when mine started getting too far out of control... I was a mean mommy. Instead of quietly ignoring them.. I popped in a Rob Zombie CD and turned the volume on high for about 2 minutes. Completely stunned them. Then I turned it down low without saying a word and pretended everything was normal. They completely forgot what they were upset about and were happy for the rest of the drive :D ... distraction works.. and I'm sure a pre-school teacher would understand your idea (even if it didn't work out) completely!

Jeannie said...

Too funny! You'll have to face her sometime. Bring her chocolate or a flower or something.

BSNC said...

lol thats funny. hopefully she doesn't see you

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

Sounds like the flu is in order! By then she will have forgotten!

Sorry I'm laughing over here but that is totally something I would do.

Heather of the EO said...

Are you ME??? I do this sort of thing pretty much daily.

Thanks for the morning laugh! I needed it!

(My kids are this way in the car too- crazy making!!!)

Mainly a midwife said...

That's so cute! And I'm sure there was no pressure from the backseat to hurry up and wave at Teacher Rachel. My kids love seeing their teachers in other settings and will do everything they can to get a wave in!

ymK said...

oh my! This one she won't forget. Poor Giancarlo won't be going to school. . .For a week! Okay poor you.

Rachel said...

LOL! That is too funny! I think a sick day is in order.

Cammie said...

oops

pam said...

You did it with the best of intentions! These things happen:)

Kathy B! said...

Whoops! Next time you see her just tell her you're a better mother than you are a driver ;) You'll both laugh!

Together We Save said...

That is too funny. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Mina said...

Hey, at least you didn't hit her, right? There's always an up-side to these stories if you dig deep! ;o)

Kelly Deneen said...

Oh no!! LOL. I would totally do that.

Cindy said...

Oh....EEwwww....
I always wondered what it would be like to have a bit of road rage with a known character....
Hope the week gets better!

Heather said...

Maybe she didn't realize it was you? How would you even bring it up without giving yourself away to make sure though? Maybe you should change schools!

Barbaloot said...

It's unfortunate that Teacher Rachel may not realize that you just wanted to say hi cuz she's your son's teacher and he likes her not cuz you're a crazed freeway driver:)

Sarah said...

OMG,funny!
Sounds like a few sick days to me!

cryitout said...

Do they give grades in preschool? Because I foresee a bad one ...

This is hilarious.

Mike

peewee said...

yah, but DID you wave?

Daisigirl said...

Oh no! I have to tell you that one morning my 6th grade daughter was having a particularly aweful morning so I let her skip school and we went to get her hair cut. As we were leaving we ran into her teacher who happened to be picking up a Jamba Juice for lunch. Oops! Thanks for stopping by today! :0)

Kristina P. said...

I thought that was just how you say hi to people, in the Bay area.

dede said...

hee hee! I hope she doesn't take it out on sweet "G"!

Tiffany said...

It's okay... just go ahead and move up here to Canada like you know you want to do anyway! You most certainly can be my neighbor! And I just enrolled Reagan in a great pre-school that I am sure Giancarlos would love.

LiLu said...

I like the Blond Duck's idea ;-)

And he should DEFINITELY be sick this week...

Sheryl said...

oops....

Jenni said...

Hahaha oh my goodness that was so funny. Love those times when you're desperately trying to impress but you feel like an idiot. LOL

Our little one hates his carseat too and isn't afraid to vocalize his opinion about it. My husband asked me last week (while in the car with Preston crying) "Have you gotten to that point yet where you start to tune out his cries?" I said "Yes, yes I think I have. It doesn't really bother me. Have you?" and he said "No, nooooo not at all."

Counselormama said...

OMG! hate the surround sound crying! That was funny, though. She probably forgot by the time she got home.

Jo said...

You are the best blogger friend. You are totally willing to show your poor decisions just so we can have a laugh on a monday morning. I think I might be switching preschools if I were you! LOL

blueviolet said...

You did not do that! You're just too friendly for your own good.

SO said...

Oh my! Maybe she didn't recognize you... one can always hope.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

That is too funny!!

Becky said...

Yikes!

My boy likes to chime in when his sister is crying, too. Gotta love that car time...

jesse said...

Hahahah! I think we've all been guilty of this before... if she did see you, maybe a basketful of homemade goodies might appease her..?

Domestically Disabled Girl said...

Yes, it is unfortunate he will be ill, but, a little time, distance and painting of the car can really help ease the pain.
BTW~ Elijah was AwEsOmE at getting out of his carseat. No matter how many ways you duct taped him down, he got out.
And yes, the more noise Asher makes? Elijah figures he best enter his voice into the equation. You know, to make me got nuts even faster...

Alicia said...

LOLOLOL!! That was too funny!!! You cut her off!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Oh you poor darlin'! My oldest had a serious set of lungs and screamed everytime the car stopped. Try catching a train that takes 15 minutes to pass. She's 15 now and I still try to invent drinks that have vodka in them ;-)

missy said...

oh no!!! what did he have to say about this...or did not even notice what you were doing for him!?!?!?!?

Fiauna said...

How funny. I think I'd do the same thing.

That Girl in Brazil said...

!!!!

Only YOU can make this (horrifying!) incident hilarious.

...

Yup, no words.

Mr. and Mrs. Nurse Boy said...

On No You Didn't!!!

That sounds like something I would have done. I thought you were going to say that you got into an accident. So glad that didn't happen! My husband once rear ended one of my best friends. Needless to say, it kind of put a damper on that relationship! :0)

Mrs. Nurse Boy

AP said...

haha...oops

Felicia - I complete Me said...

This is pretty funny. I'm sorry that your plan was not executed as they were in your brain.

Kacey R. said...

That is HILARIOUS and something I would totally do!

Tiffany said...

Maybe this will make you feel a little better about the whole incident...

I just nominated you to receive a blog award. Check out my latest posting to see what you've earned. This is the first time I've done anything like this, so you should know that I TOTALLY think you ROCK girlfriend!

You're still welcome to move here to get away from his teacher anytime!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

oh man - I remember those days - I would start sweating and panic-ing as soon as I knew I had to drive anywhere!!

Helene said...

I could so easily see this happening to me too!! I think having him be out sick the next day is a valid excuse. At least long enough until she forgets the whole thing!

Or you could just blame it on your evil twin....it sometimes works for me.

rightonmom said...

Crack me up!! I think we may have been separated at birth somehow. I could see myself doing this, but now I won't, lol!

I have an extra pair of Groucho glasses if you need one.

♫ Spasm ♫ said...

oh my LLLMMBBBBOOOOOOO

hope he feels better :)

Erin said...

Oh man! This is hilarious...I do stuff like this all of the time! Oh well, it's the intention that counts, right?

Or maybe a present for his teacher is in order...

joanofalltrades said...

Oh man, Francesca! This is so you! Maybe she didn't recognize you. If she says something, just pretend like you have no idea what she's talking about. Make her think "she's" the crazy one.

Patrice said...

LOL! That is hilarious! Great story! Hopefully she didn't know it was you!

Jo said...

Oh no! My son has never liked his car seat ... sigh :) Happy Monday! ;-)

Check out my latest giveaway when you get a chance.

Technodoll said...

oooo dear... it's not your fault, your ears were blinded!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

Uh-oh. He's gonna be in traaaaa-ble! Or maybe she'll give him extra pretzels at snack time because she figures his ding-bat mother forgets to feed him.

(not calling you a ding-bat. that's just what she said)

Bee and Rose said...

Crikey! I bet she completely understands your series of unfortunate events:) She's a teacher after all!

Big hugs!!!

Amy said...

That is so funny. I am rolling and the tears are falling. Sorry but it is just so funny. I would be out sick also. I am having a round robin on Friday April 10th if you want to come by and share a funny story or something. Have a great night.

Gibby said...

OMG, that is classic! Are you sure she knew it was you? Oops!

mrsbear said...

Oh no! I suppose cutting her off in a botched hello attempt is much more forgivable than a fender bender near the on-ramp...You might have had to find a new pre-school. The surround sound crying will always scramble your higher reasoning skills.

lisalyn said...

Oh my ~ funny story but after spending the day with my sister-in-law and 3 little ones, I totally understand the distraction they can be!!

Thanks for your comments on my blog today and for the prayers. Sierra made it through her tests...what a trooper! She does however still have some problems with her bladder and kidney. For now they will continue to watch it and see how it goes.

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

Oh the genius plans we come up with while trying to appease children in the car! My children are also carphobes and I have tried many things, including nursing while the baby is still in the car seat! I wasn't driving of course, that would really be something! Just hope Rachel did not see you.... maybe.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Hahaha! That's great. Seems like something I would do too!

Kristen said...

lol! I love it. Sadly. I would have done the same thing. I prob also would've said "Do you want Mrs. G to know you are acting up? She's right there...let me catch up to her and tell her."

The High Family said...

Ooooops! LOL

Oh Francesca, your little ones have an alliance too! Don't ya just LOVE when they start screaming together...ahhh music to my ears most days! ;)

Jennifer said...

Ahahaha! I can't take the brilliance of this event!

Julie said...

Oh no! How embarassing! Oops...

Wifey said...

Unfortunately that is funny as hell! Hopefully she has a good sense of humor...

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

tiburon said...

Oh my! Is it unfortunate that I am laughing my butt off right now? cause I don't think so...

Sneaky Momma said...

I hope you have dark windows! :)

Sarah said...

Too funny - that is unfortunate! Let's hope she doesn't know what you drive...or if she does, a sick day or two never hurt anyone. ;)

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Yikes! Don't you hate that when it happens?! I remember some of those car rides when my kids were little.

Stop by if you get a chance. I've got my first giveaway going on!

Nancy said...

LOL! Well it turned out better than I thought it would, I thought you were going to say that you hit her car. :D

A sick day might be nice. LOL

rebel said...

How funny! LOL

SE'LAH... said...

LOL !!! Thanks for another great visit.

One Love, Se'Lah

Omah's Helping Hands said...

OOps! ;) I think I will think twice the next time I get a bit frazzled on the road from now on. This was cute!

Ronnica said...

Haha...the best of intentions...