Last night I went to bed with a plan. To be honest I go to bed every night with a plan. Most mornings it gets derailed before 8am. But a girl’s gotta have a goal right?
My plan was to get Bailey to preschool early, visit with her teacher and drop off the 45 baby food jars I had washed the night before (for art projects). Next I would get my errands done and get home in time to get my work done and laundry folded before 1pm pickup. Easy peasy right?? Wrong.
My morning started out late and before I knew it I was wrapped up in a work project needing to go out before leaving the house. At 8:15 I was still in pajamas, Bailey was not fed or dressed and baby Michaela had a full diaper. UGH. Our sweet nanny Summer knows every morning is an adventure. Some mornings she shows up to a clean house and dressed and fed kids with backpack and lunchbox packed. Today was not that day. Instead she came through the door with me shouting, “Watch out I am tossing Bailey’s clothes downstairs”…”Also can you please put away all the food on the counter?”… “Michaela pooped can you deal with that??”…”I need to leave in 8 minutes”….
By the time I pulled into the parking lot it was 9:05am (School starts at 9) and I screeched into the first open parking spot I could find. I jumped out opened Bailey’s door and glanced down at the pavement.
Half of my car was in the parking space next to me. BALLS.
I had inadvertently double parked. I knew I would need to fix the car even though I was running late. But before I could get back in the driver side I saw the owner of the car through the windows. She realized she couldn’t open her door (Because my entire car ass was in her spot) and had turned around. I was trying to get her attention waving through my windows but they are dark tinted(illegal tint-I know, I am hardcore) so she couldn’t see me. Next thing I know she is jumping in her passenger seat and climbing over her seats to get to her driver’s seat. I was mortified.
When she backs out I walk to the back of my car to get her attention bracing myself for the daggers she would certainly fling. I was envisioning a shaking head.. utter disdain.. annoyance…
Instead she sees me, smiles and waves! WHAT?? She rolls down her window since I am flailing around like an Idiot and I immediately start stumbling over myself,” I am SO SO sorry about my horrible parking…. I was just getting back in my car to fix it…. I was running so late I wasn’t paying attention….I can’t believe you climbed over your seats… ” you get the idea. This adorable mom just laughs and explains it happens to her all the time and her garage is so tiny she is used to climbing in any door that has the most space. Then she tells me to have a great day and drives away.
O.M.G. How cool is that?? How many of you would have had a smile on your face if someone parked in your spot and you had to climb through your car? She didn’t know I was on the other side about to amend my wretched parking. She wasn’t annoyed or snarky. She was wonderful.
Her kindness inspired my day and reminded me for all the negative stories and poor human behavior kindness is still alive and well. Patience and assuming the best in others is still thriving. It really tickled me.
Remember the next time someone double parks or cuts in front of you they might not be a horrible person. They could be just running late or distracted. They could be shuffling and multitasking and their morning plan might not be panning out. Let’s try to be kind to one another and assume the best.. not the worst.