Thursday, November 17, 2011

Worst. Morning. Ever

from here

Yesterday morning I packed a bag ready to head to a park as a fun way to spend the morning. Carrying my son, I found my phone in one room and a jumper for him in another, picked up my handbag, patted my pocket to check I had the keys, and then walked out the front door. It was as I heard the lock click shut behind me that I realised I’d grabbed the wrong bag and what I thought were keys in my pocket were actually cashews. I had no keys. No wallet. No snacks, no nappies, no tissues. The only other person who could now get into our apartment was my husband, who was only a third of the way through his 3-hour Greek exam, not to mention a very long walk away. I suddenly needed to wee.

My mum was patient during my hysterical call, as usual, and assured me she’d come for us as soon as she could. My son wasn’t too concerned with the wait; playing downstairs is one of our regular pastimes, although usually he’s accompanied by a mother who points out birds and jumps from behind the letterboxes to make him laugh, rather than one who repeatedly bursts into tears while cursing her stupidity. 

I found after being rescued that the handbag I’d grabbed wasn’t completely empty: it contained a receipt and the stub of a green oil pastel. It was nice to know I’d have had the stationery to leave some last words if it had come to that, although at the time I wasn’t feeling at all creative beyond turning my pashmina into the world’s biggest hankie for my snotty son.

My very wise little brother helpfully told me, “You need to remember your keys!”



  1. Oh man! What a morning!!! Glad you got through it and that your mum was around to help out. I would have freaked out too. I did a bit when my nappy bag got stolen at the Baby and Toddler Show. But the good thing about being at a Baby and Toddler Show (as I realised as we walked around) is that everyone gives you free samples, so I managed to get wipes, nappies and even some food. But I remember feeling lost and helpless and incompetent and a failure and mad at myself (even though it wasn't my fault!) and so on :(

    Hope today is better!

  2. I can't believe your nappy bag got stolen at the Baby and Toddler show!! If there's one place where the majority of people would understand how frustrating that would be, you'd think that would be it!

  3. at least you could eat the cashews??