A bridge had collapsed across the highway. There was chaos in the city.
I had heard all about it on the news but after collecting my daughter from school, I decided to take the “short cut” and drove straight into the very site of the chaos.
Yes, I know — shortcuts never work.
My daughter fell asleep in the back seat of the car, with the sun giving her whole body love. I had to keep plotting and planning. I had 12 minutes to collect my son.
I accidently touched some Bluetooth button on the car phone and the stupid thing started dialling! I swear, I tried to stop it but God knows I am a technological snail. It was dialling someone I honestly did not want to talk to. I pulled into the emergency lane, going very slowly to try and deal with the stupid thing.
The man’s voice said “Hello! Hello!” I said nothing. The voice was coming out of the speakers in every corner of the car.
I just kept silent.
I prayed hard that my daughter would not wake up and go “Mama! Mama!”
I prayed even harder that if she woke up and I slid my index finger across my throat (to show her that I meant business if she did not keep quiet), that she would not scream “whyyyyyyy do you want to kill me?” because then the Bluetooth person would surely do an FBI on us.
My prayers were interrupted by a policeman. I was being pulled over for being in the emergency lane. Thank God I wasn’t in the middle of the knife-across-the-throat scene.
I felt like explaining that it WAS an emergency but I didn’t need any further complications with just 8 minutes before my son’s pickup. I also appreciated that a lack of planning in one corner does not constitute an emergency in the other.
I decided to tell the truth: I thought I was going to have a heart attack.
They say that the more you sweat, the luckier you get. Well, the back of my T-Shirt was drenched as I watched the policeman smile and allow me to continue to use the emergency lane.
My daughter woke up just as we arrived to collect my son. She said “I need a drink!” “We ALL do!” I replied.
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