We have developed code words to facilitate movement of “the children,” now known as the hoard. We have:
The Bigs and the Littles (1& 2 and 3& 4).
The Bookends and the Middles (1 & 4 and 2 & 3).
The Odds and the Evens (1 & 3 and 2 & 4).
It is Saturday morning and these were just my instructions:
The Littles have to be at soccer at 9am but I have to be there at 8:30 b/c don’t forget, you are coaching #4. Wait. What?
The Bigs have to be at soccer at 1pm but they are 14 miles apart. Please find a ride for #1 or #2 – your choice.
The Evens both have birthday parties, one today, one tomorow – need to find a gift.
And, if think about it, the bookends need new shoes.
So what would any logical father do? Any logical father would go to Costco.
As I walk out of Costco, I find myself looking down at a headset for my phone, two new pairs of pants (for me), a new electric toothbrush, 4 lbs of coffee, a platter of shrimp cocktail (don’t ask), 600 garbage bags, $42 of whey protein and solar powered walkway lights.
I drive home trying to remember what I was actually supposed to buy and find Polly in the driveway. It occurs to me it is probably not a great time to unpack the car. So I don’t.
And find the shrimp waiting for me the next morning.