All this happened today before 8:30 a.m., and all of it made me smile.
Part # 1: The Music Teacher
My kids have a new music teacher. I guess she’s o.k. because my son HATED music last year and he says it’s not bad this year. Since Hadley had music today, we were talking about the teacher:
ME: “So, is she nice?”
HADLEY: “Yes, very.”
ME: “I noticed that she’s a MISS, so I’m guessing she’s pretty young?”
HADLEY: “Mom, how old are you again?”
HADLEY: “OK, then I would say she is 43.”
TOM: (listening in from other room) “She is NOT 43 Hadley! She is MUUUUCCCCH younger!”
ME: “Why do you say that? Is she less wrinkly than me?”
TOM: “MOM! I didn’t say that. Just that there is no way she is 43. She is young, not old.”
HADLEY: “Well, I say she’s 43, and anyways, you’re much prettier mom.”
Part #2: THE CAR
My car isn’t doing well. It needs a new catalytic converter, which I think is just a word for “special part to make your car stop sounding like a lawn mower that just sucked up a log”. It also needs new rear brakes. The tab for all of that will be somewhere north of $1500, so I’m avoiding the repair, probably until I’m roadside calling my husband for a ride.
This morning, I dropped the kids off at school. Tom was walking out to the driveway when I turned the car on. It definitely sounded bad.
His eyebrows raised, and he cast a disapproving glance in my direction.
TOM: “Mom, WHAT is wrong with the car?”
ME: “It’s no big deal honey, just a little repair that I really need to get done.”
TOM: “Are we going to make it to school OK in this thing?”
ME: “I don’t see why not. If we break down, we’ll walk. It’s a lovely day.”
TOM: “Doesn’t dad keep telling you to get a new car?”
ME: (Silent. Smile in rear view mirror. Wait for comment to pass).
TOM: (Spoken in stern tone, sounding very parental) “I think you need to listen to Dad more, Mom.”
Here’s to another average day in my life. Thankfully, it’s Friday! Have a great weekend!