Friday, May 17, 2013

A Funny Thing Happened In The Pre-School Carpark

Last week at the pre-school pick up, I was chatting to my friend Emma in the carpark when a woman came up, strapped her baby in the car next to us and then suddenly shouted 'My wallet! Somebody stole my wallet!'

She ran past us, stopping to shriek 'Watch the baby! My wallet's gone!' as she headed at full speed back through the gates.

Emma and I looked at each other. 'That's so weird,' I said. 'No', said Emma, 'what's weird is that she's just put her baby in my car.'

Yep, their two cars were identical, down to the ubiquitous crumbly mess in the back seat.  This poor harried, underslept mother had strapped her kid into the wrong car and then had a massive hysterical freak out. In a few minutes she sheepishly returned, retrieved her baby, got into the right car and left.

I have not cackled and hooted and wept so hard in weeks. It was such a beautifully absurd moment and I recognised myself in that mother so very much, from the nutty mistake to the dramatic overreaction to the final, sheepish walk of shame. She is Everywoman.

I wish you all just such a full-bodied, deeply enjoyable belly laugh this weekend.

8 comments:

  1. Weeping with laughter... there but for the grace of god go I, etc.

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  2. oh the poor woman. yep have all been there (although cant say I have strapped my child into another car I am sure I have done something as equally silly when non compis mentis from lack of sleep and life).

    I hope you have tracked her down (in a non stalkerish way) and given her a big hug and told her its all ok we have all been there (and thanks for the laugh that was not at her expense but in solidarity)

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    1. Yes, I promise, she laughed too. It was a shared moment of absolute ridiculousness...

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  3. Oh goodness, that's hilarious. And only hilarious, because we all know it could have been us.

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    1. Yep! Hugs to that baby of yours today V x

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  4. Oh what a wonderful, hilarious story. Thanks for sharing! x

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  5. Too funny. So easily could have been me!!!

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