I woke up feeling strange.
I knew that I had not slept well because my son was up lots, but it was not that. I felt off- centre. Just not myself.
Instead of allowing myself just 15 minutes of gentle writing and meditation time (which I know works for me), I jumped straight into my work in the kitchen, of preparing things for school etc.
After everyone had left the house for the day, and still feeling slow and low, I jumped into my car with no plan of where I was going.
As I set off, I received an SMS from my housekeeper reminding me that I needed to buy toilet paper. I responded “Okay”. She knew I would forget.
Because habits are hard things, I got the urge to send some work emails so I swerved right into my local country club to use the wifi. I planned to rush in, send the emails and go straight for the toilet paper. You know, get the shit out of the way, so I could enjoy my day off work.
While I was signing into the club, there was a knock on my window followed by my door opening. A 100 year old man got into the car and said “Oh dear, would you give me a ride to Gate 1” pointing to the gate in the distance.
He was already halfway in the car. So was his walking stick. It was too late to do anything but drive. So, I smashed the old McDonalds Happy Meal box off the front seat and said “Yes, sure.”
The security guard was laughing hysterically. It must have been my face.
Gate 1 was not where he thought it was. In fact, it was Gate 2 to be precise and it was far, far out of my way. Thirty minutes later, I dropped the old man off at the cricket stadium, right in front of the entrance. Yes, thirty whole minutes later. That’s how long it took me to find his Gate 2.
He kissed my hand and said “Thank you, dear. Now go on and do something fun. You are only young once!”
Shaking my head, I found myself laughing and then crying as I drove back home to do something “fun”. I climbed into bed with some ginger tea, a Mr Delivery menu and my notebook. I also gave my housekeeper the day off. (Because ain’t nobody got time for toilet paper dramas on their day off!)
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