Yesterday afternoon, the subway pulled into the station. In my mind, I ticked off a bullet list of things I needed to take care of before the end of the day. I also tried to figure out the best route to pick up both boys from their respective after-school locations – about 15-20 minutes between locations. The doors opened and I found a seat and began reading.
About 10 minutes later, I noticed that the subway was coming out of a tunnel and emerging above ground. This train wasn’t supposed to cross the bridge. My stomach dropped as I realized I got on the wrong train and was now traveling over the Williamsburg Bridge.
I got off at the next stop, crossed the platform and waited for a train back to Manhattan. However, I realized that I would never make it in time to pick up both kids. I called my Aunt (who was coming over anyways) to ask if she could pick up Everett. Now I only had to worry about Jasper.
I got to Manhattan and waited to transfer to the F train. I figured that I had just enough time to pick him up. I waited. And waited. And then there was the announcement that there was an incident somewhere further up the line and that the F trains were way delayed.
Crap Crap Crap.
I bolted out of the subway station not really sure where I was headed. I knew that the chances of getting a cab at 5:30pm were slim to none. Not only was it rush hour but it was also taxi change-over time i.e. when cabs need to get back to the depot and they have no interest in taking a new fare.
I called a friend who’s daughter is in the same after-school program and asked her to pick up Jasper. I walked to the next subway station, got on and finally picked up my son.
How was your day yesterday?
All I can say, thank goodness for family and friends.
Anyhow…it’s Friday and that means it’s time for Friday Round-Up. I’m still trying to catch up reading all the blogs that I missed while I was away last week. Here are four posts that really resonated with me this week and one post that’s really important.
Give Yourself Permission
I love this post from Lindsay at Cotter Crunch. For me, I know that I often let expectations and the “I should’s” dictate my actions and I often don’t let myself be. Why is it so hard for us to give ourselves permission to just be? Instead, we often look for others to validate us and to say that it’s OK.
This post from Elaine at The Miss Elaine-ous Life really struck home. Do you ever feel like you’re constantly on a quest for the “like”? You know, you post a photo on Instagram or a Facebook status and you wait for people to “like” it? That you need people to like you status/photo/comments? Yeah, me too.
How to feel better about the reflection in the mirror
When you look at yourself in the mirror, what’s the first thing that you notice? And is it a positive reaction or a negative one? Taylor issues a challenge that I think that we should all accept. We’re more than just our surface appearances and flaws.
Stop the Hamster Wheel, I Want to Get Off: Why It’s So Hard to Give Up Blogging
All I can say is read this. Gigi from Kludgy Mom pretty much sums up how I’ve been feeling about blogging and social media lately, particularly since returning home from Hawaii.
The Day I Told My Daughter About Rape
And then there’s this post from my friend Ilene at The Fierce Diva Guide to Life about a really hard conversation. I have to admit that as a parent, I am not looking forward to having conversations like this with my kids but I know that it is critical to create dialogue with our children on these topics.
How has your week been?
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