We did it. The girl and I went out. We had some shopping to do and I had no idea how I was going to do it. I came upon some money by accident. Too many things happened at once (really, at once is a ridiculously redundant term as everything just keeps happening!); her retainer cracked, then she lost it, then she found it, and it was still cracked ($125). She tried out for volleyball and did it! Now we need volleyball shorts and knee guards.
No gas, getting low on supplies…ARGH! Some things never change. What’s a girl to do?
I found a file at work (I’ve been a little unfocused these last few weeks), and in it was my expenses and mileage sheet. For 2 months. $132.00.
Put that with my ex’s meager “child support” payment and I had about $200.00. Canadian. Wheee!
So, our appointment for the orthodontist was today at 3:00. I had it all planned out. I would go to work then attend my own doctor’s appointment, go home and have a short nap. I woke feeling quite refreshed when I woke up and filled with plans for the day. Gonna be a good Momma and provide for my child.
I realized I lost my bank card. No worries, I had to cash my expense cheque anyway. Plenty of time, not really realizing exactly what time it was.
It was lovely at the bank, as the teller remembered me from the last 4 times I needed a new card. Cashed my cheque and I felt positively rich!
I had told Carly I would meet her at 2:45. I finally checked my phone for the time. 3:15. Her appointment was at 3:00.
She called me just as I pulled into the driveway of the school. I parked and she came and found me. I was mortified by what happened. I pulled into a parking lot and called the orthodontist about rescheduling. I was going to start explaining about the onset of menopause to the young woman at the other end of the line but as soon as I started I received at WHAP on my arm from my sweet offspring who has gone without her top retainer for a week. Now, with a no-nonsense, non spinny, professional mother attitude, booked a new time. Five minutes later I sheepishly called back to book another because I forgot I work for a living. By the end of the last conversation I had with the appointment-booker-person she was speaking to me in a tone of voice reserved for the types of people who, um, have a hard time understanding things. You know; she was slowly enunciating each word in her sentences.
Okay that was done, let’s go spend some money on my kid. I’ve learned to love shopping with Carly. She is so thorough and I can wander away and she always finds me. (Who’s the kid? Who’s the grownup? I dunno but I have the money, honey.)
First place was a big box sports store, highly overrated and overpriced. Knee guards, $35. Shorts were $45. We bought the knee guards. thinking if we find cheaper ones we can simply return these ones. After this there was Wal-Mart, who had nothing so it was to the mall we went to next.
Carly was so hungry and wanted a teen burger. I had a muffin for supper. Supper still cost us about $10. My fortune was dwindling. We wandered the mall.
My hips are old now and don’t like to walk for too long then they usually take up singing lessons with my back. Throw some hot flashes in there and you have a groovy new dance that should never be seen in public.
Yet there I was.
Yeah, I’m a man-magnet.
After a while, with no luck at the mall and me trying hard not to notice my exploding bladder (well, almost) we headed in the general direction of the bathrooms. As I hobbled towards the blessed porcelain of utmost relief and happiness, I left my daughter with a loonie and massaging chairs.
I made a beeline for those same chairs after my business was complete, with my own loonie in hand. Took me a few minutes to understand what Carly was saying about the chair I was sitting in and about to load the coin into. I think I was a little excited. Finally, I grasped the words “That one doesn’t work, Mom” said with much eye rolling. I went to the next one and plugged it.
Oh. My. Goodness. I want to marry this chair. I want this chair. Oh, Oh, Oh. I enjoyed it so much I barely noticed Carly escaping around the corner, intent on her Blackberry, pretending she is alone.
I think I was drooling.
When I opened my eyes there was a man standing there staring hard at me. I gave him a thumbs up. He grinned and held out his own loonie. Oh. Sadly, he meant it for himself. Bye bye chair.
I felt much better (I actually typed “mush” by accident. now that’s funny!) so we explored a bit more of the mall. Nothing in the way of shorts though; it’s hard to find the right fit for my tiny girl.
By the time we got back into the car to start our search again, I realized I was almost, really close to being, out of gas. $20 more dollars for that. The $10 from the day before only lasted, well, a day.
We tried another place where all they sell is athletic gear. They do not sell women’s shorts. At all.
Carly’s friend texted her from the store where they found shorts galore. I would like to add that I am so happy other parents are going through this. Carly would not hear of her friend’s dad buying Carly some shorts and me paying him in the morning. It was worth a try.
The store was on the other side of town and I THOUGHT I knew where it was. After a few kilometers I realized I didn’t. I pulled onto a side street where Carly and I worked our BB’s and downloaded apps and all that stuff to figure out where the store was. My phone’s map guide thingy kept taking me back to Winnipeg Beach which is not even close to where we actually were. I guess it has fond memories of it too.
Carly was the one who let out the screech of triumph and started giving me directions. All I could hear was “North” and I actually did know where that was. The rest of her instructions were just a jumble.
“How do you know this way is North?” asks the little brat. I explained that I just knew and to please trust me. I heard mutterings of “grumble appointments, grumble, grumble, getting lost, grumble” and succeeded in ignoring this vortex of teen-aged negativity sitting beside me.
Yay. We did it; we found the shorts. $35. They fit her tiny frame and they were going with her to volleyball fame.
Home was sweet to get to except for the stench of whatever was going on in the hallways of our building. I never smelled anything like it in my life! Carly and I had to cover our noses and mouth and find our way to our apartment with watering eyes and stomachs that wanted to retch. Unfortunately, the unholy smell had seeped under the door and into our apartment. We stood over the plug-in air freshener until we got our bearings and stuffed up the crevice under the door and sprayed air freshener everywhere.
Now I sit, drinking the last 2 glasses of the wine that the lovely woman my son loves bought for me. I will worry about the retainer fee tomorrow and whatever else has to be paid for later.
Right now, I feel good.