Thursday, January 11, 2007

This is Your Brain, This is Your Brain on 3 Kids

My mom stock severely dropped in value today.

Confession: I accidentally locked Pigtails in the minivan today. She was none the wiser, taking long drags on her thumb and twirling her white-gold hair between her soggy fingertips as I freaked out inside but kept face on the outside for her sake. I even played peek-a-boo with her through the dirty tinted windows to make every thing seem kosher.

A brawny mustached university police officer named Lenny (strange coincidence) jimmied the lock open after 10 or so tense minutes.

Lately I've made a slew of scatterbrained mistakes that effect not only me but also my children. Flawed. Imperfect. Human. Me.

At least the temperature in the car wasn't dangerous. Anything but sizzling thanks to a cold front in full windy force.

I know I can't be the only one who has ever done such a stupid thing. At least I hope I'm not.

14 Comments:

At 12:42 PM, Blogger ewe are here said...

heh heh

I had a roommate waaaay back in college that went to the bank and locked herself out of her little pickup truck. She called AAA and then sat on the curb to await their arrival. After nearly an hour, they showed up to break her back into her car -- only to discover the passenger side window had been completely rolled down the whole time.

Yes, she was quite embarrassed about the whole thing.

 
At 12:59 PM, Blogger The Flip Flop Mamma! said...

Well I think you read about when I locked theBeast in the car in the Target parking lot. Not a good thing to do!! LOL.

 
At 3:58 PM, Blogger Loralee Choate said...

I went out to get the paper and the door closed and locked behind me with my 8 mo old in his playpen.

My jerk neighbor just stood there watching me try to break down my door while my son was screaming inside.

So, no. You're not alone.

 
At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Karly said...

I would tell you that I've yet to do that, but then we all know what would happen tomorrow morning. So, I'll just keep my mouth shut.

 
At 5:15 PM, Blogger EmmaK said...

Strangely enough, I've never done that, although I've done a lot of other stupid things which are actually worse than that. Don't be so hard on yourself.

 
At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Estella said...

Haha! Yesterday I locked my keys INSIDE the house while my kids were outside in the minivan waiting for me, as I grabbed a few things I had forgotten indoors. Oh, and it was snowing out. So not only could we not get into our house, we couldn't start up the minivan to warm up. I ended up breaking a teeny tiny window and making my 8 year old climb in. Broken glass and all.

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger you da mom! said...

I'd probably freak out, too. But sounds like you managed to remedy the situation pretty seamlessly.

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Iris said...

Well.....I was out in the back yard with my husband we were working on the lawn. My boarder was in the house with our sleeping 9month old son. I had the baby monitor outside. When I heard him crying, I went to go in the house, the boarder had left and locked the doors behind her........I had to break in through a window.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Long Island Dad said...

Two years ago! In a parking lot while loading groceries. Slammed back door shut. All locked up. Car running. Child in car seat. Broke window. Paid $895 for new tinted rear minivan window. Carry spare key in wallet now! Child giggled entire time! Didn't cost him $895! He ate no-frills cereal for a month.

 
At 2:22 AM, Anonymous Dena said...

When your niece Minnie Mom was a toddler I too locked her in the car, with it running! Actually, the electric locks malfunctioned. I closed my door & as I was reaching for the handle to her door I heard the click of the lock. Talk about a sinking feeling! She was locked in on a hot summer day, but fear not... the air conditioner was running ... ON FULL BLAST! Not good. I was convinced she'd be a popsicle by the time I figured out how to get her out. I knew the locks had occasionally self-locked on their own. At the time I felt I wasn't careful enough & blamed myself. Why hadn't I had that fixed (even if it only happened occasionally & sporadically)? But, sometimes these things happen. What's important is how you reacted.
Praise yourself for how well you handled the situation instead of blaming yourself. You worked very hard to show your daughter that there was nothing unusual or fearful going on. You were able to keep her calm while panicking inside. It's those moments that determine the TRUE value of your mothering skills. That's worth giving yourself a pat on the back SISTA!

 
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