Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the bug…..

This is the front of my car and the windshield---


After spending the last few days looking through this mess—it got me to thinking about that song—--I have my windshield moments—moments of unbreakable joy and speeding strength—but I think I relate more to the bug aspect. Lots more days spent with all my best intentions unceremoniously "splatted" all around me, fervently praying someone will have the common decency to squeegee me off before I am baked that way permanently! I know, I know, way too much wisdom to be taken in all at once. But I am going to share the last 3 days of my life with the whole windshield/bug slant. I like it.

First just a little background—my daughter Kelly and I left Wednesday afternoon for Helena which I about 3 hours away from here. BYU was hosting a BESMART fireside there and was hoping it would maybe inspire my child to live up to her true scholastic potential. And of course—this was as close as they were going to get to where we live. So left the younger ones with friends and set off on a road trip. After the seminar, since we were in the neighborhood, we just kept on heading east a couple of hours—(actually, I have no idea, I get lost just trying to find my way back to my car from a public restroom) so we could visit my oldest in Bozeman. She had been begging us to bring her some fish—but I choose to imagine that she just missed me and was looking for a way to get me to Bozeman. We came back Thursday night. So—here are my lists---

Windshield Moments


  • Hours in the car spent with my child who most shares my brain, my love of music, my joy in devouring a good book and my take on life. I love bouncing ideas off of her and the fact that she thinks that Neurology—specifically research would be the coolest job ever. We also can share a very comfortable silence—which is a rare treasure.

  • The BeSmart fireside. Wow—they have a really great presentation. Watching my daughter who has no real focus for her future get excited about college and by the next morning not only knows which college she wants to attend but what she wants to go for in an associate's degree and then her bachelors. To see the light dawn and the motivation grow to get better grades and search out more opportunities to serve. Winning a BYU t-shirt because we drove the farthest distance to come to the seminar. Boo-yah baby!

  • "Sleeping" over at my daughter's apartment.

  • Shopping at Linen's & Things and getting to use my daughter's employee discount. Feeling like my planets are completely aligned as I save almost 50% at the cash register!!!! And the best thing of all—finding AND purchasing a 4 square Belgian waffle maker. Think-- Lord of the Rings and Gollum's "My Preeeecciiooousss"-----

  • Arriving home safely, having my friends want to keep Milan and Bean another night, sleeping in my own bed and making a spot for my new waffle maker

  • Knowing an awesome computer repair guy who can quickly restore my computer

  • Finding out that my friends took Milan and Bean to the county fair--so I don't have to. A BIG BOO-YAH BABY!!

  • Having my other friends volunteer to take Kelly to the fair with them—A BIG, DANCING BOO-YAH BABY!!

  • Having 4 quiet hours to myself—--tears of boo-yah joy running down my face

Bug Moments

  • Being the only licensed driver in the car and a completely and totally directionally challenged one at that.

  • Remembering that I forgot my night time breathing machine at home and getting a little stressed about the fact I frequently forget to breathe while I sleep.

  • Forgetting my travel size night light and being afraid of the boogey man at my daughter's apartment and not sleeping very well. (remind me to share my blind, poltergeist, boogey man story with you sometime)

  • Spending my life's savings at the gas pump

  • Cleaning out the car and bringing in all the stuff—yuk!

  • Living in a county that loves fair week so much they wait to start school till after it's over. I have tried so hard to be a good fair Mom. We did the Chinchilla thing and the goat thing. Burying dead Chinchillas is hard but it's even harder to have to rebury them because your dos keep digging them up. And goats—well let's just say—the goat pen now stands empty and will never again know a goat bleat. The whole masses of people, masses of critters, masses of critter smells, masses of scary carnival ride operators (no hate mail—my brother was one for awhile), masses of germs on speed and lack of any domestic skill on my part—makes for a loser fair Mom.

  • Doing something that caused my computer to malfunction and having to live without it for 2 days!

  • Spending the evening with my mother because she has vertigo and fell. I think the Lord is trying to give me a crash course in getting over my issues with my Mom

  • Having my wash machine break down and in the process spew water everywhere and then trying to fix it and having it spew more water until I have used every towel in my house and now have no washing machine to wash them with


  • Having the power go out 3 hours later so I can't see to finish getting all the water mopped up and carpets and towels dried out

  • Having moose on my shower curtain—I know—random—but when I get stressed and have to use the restroom—and I see it hanging there—those moose mocking me—I just about have to tear it down!

So there you go—I need to turn off my computer before the battery dies and I lose all my info. I also need to go pull out the candles and flashlights and jugs of water so we can flush the toilet—--some things I just can't live without.

7 comments:

kitchenditcher said...

Yowzers! You have had SOME week! But isn't time with a daughter in a car, where you can just sit and talk or not talk or sing at the top of your lungs, the absolute best?

How great that your daughter has figured out what she wants to do and is now excited about it! I think that's a tough part of being a parent....helping our kids see their natural and divine potential.

Here's to a better week and I hope (sincerely I do) the toilet flushes.

MERRIANNE said...

WOWZA!!!! great post!!!!

GrumpyAngel said...

What a week you had! But I think you are so amazing for being able to distinguish the Windshield moments from the Bug moments and celebrate and savor those. Even more amazing is your apparent sense of humor with which you face the Bug moments. While I was reading this there were sentences where I didn't know if I wanted to cry for you or laugh :-) I hope you have ZERO bug moments this upcoming week, and yes, share the boogey man story soon. I like scary stories, although I'm guessing this one would be more funny than scary :-)

Carla said...

Thank you for sharing your mysery! Especially the moose shower curtain. I am feeling a little splattered bug right now. Guess I need to go to my 'moose free' bathroom and kneel in prayer and 'pull my head out!' Maybe even "count some blessings"! You blessing list was precious!

Redhoodoos said...

Hooray for your daughter. I might have to look up this Be Smart program for my two kids.

Okay, we really are soul sisters. a) Todd wears a breathing machine too!! I can't go to sleep now unless he's wearing it.
b) I have a boogey man story too - would love to hear yours!
c) I HATE bringing stuff from the car into the house after a road trip.
Finally) I just might go postal if I had to live without my computer for two whole days. Blessed repair men.

Glad you made it home safe and that you had a great time with your daughters!

Lisa said...

Thanx to all of you who comforted me in my whiny hours of bugland!
Kitchen Ditcher--we have a 400 foot deep well and I have learned the VERY HARD way that when the power goes out--among other nightmares--we have no water--so yes--my toilet did flush
GrumpyAngel--this may sound a little sappy but I don't think you have any idea how much your kind and encouraging words brighten my day! Thank you sooo much for taking the time to comment! Someday I promise to share my boogeyman story.
Carla--I'm so sorry you are feeling a little buggy but yes, you can always go in your Moose-less bathroom and do a happy dance!
Red--this is so freaky--like the 13th reality or something. Except that you are in the "beautiful people" reality! I would love to hear your scary story too--I loved your flying ghost tent story!

Lisa said...

Thanx to all of you who comforted me in my whiny hours of bugland!
Kitchen Ditcher--we have a 400 foot deep well and I have learned the VERY HARD way that when the power goes out--among other nightmares--we have no water--so yes--my toilet did flush
GrumpyAngel--this may sound a little sappy but I don't think you have any idea how much your kind and encouraging words brighten my day! Thank you sooo much for taking the time to comment! Someday I promise to share my boogeyman story.
Carla--I'm so sorry you are feeling a little buggy but yes, you can always go in your Moose-less bathroom and do a happy dance!
Red--this is so freaky--like the 13th reality or something. Except that you are in the "beautiful people" reality! I would love to hear your scary story too--I loved your flying ghost tent story!