I came thisclose to another trip to D.J.ís school today, this time to yank him out of class and take him to the hospital for the arrival of his baby sister. The fact that it didnít happen wasnít Tammyís fault; sheís doing everything she can to keep the wait for Kylie short. She was at the hospital, but then she went home. One of these days verrrrry soon, sheíll come home with her first daughter.
Mom wouldnít have minded if Kylie had arrived today. Sheís leaving tomorrow for a five-day bus trip up north. When she planned this trip, the due date was about two weeks from now, so she canít be blamed for thinking she was in safe territory. Now, itís possible sheíll come home next Monday to a new member of the family. Only this time it will be her first great-granddaughter.
Since I was on call this morning, I didnít want to take a lot of time on my errands. I did have to deposit my paycheck, however, to make sure my rent check doesnít bounce. Instead of going to my usual bank inside the supermarket, I went to a branch a few blocks closer (inside a different supermarket). My idea was to dash in, dash out, and race home to wait for the phone call.
The plan worked perfectly, too, except for a couple of things. One was that my car was almost flattened in the supermarket parking lot by an SUV backing out of its space. I was on my way out and I saw the van with its backup lights on, so I waited. It moved a few inches, then stopped, so I proceeded (as they say in police reports).
Suddenly the van started moving again, and it was immediately obvious that the driver didnít know I was behind him. I was too close to stop, and there was probably more danger in trying to back up anyway, so I squeezed the gas pedal a little and sped on by. It was lucky for me that there was nobody ahead of me in the aisle, and that no one on the other side of the SUV was trying to back out at the same time.
I barely made it, and I doubt the van driver knows even now how close he came to leaving his imprint on a green Saturn. I think this incident shows a big reason why I go to that other supermarket to do my banking and shopping. Iíve never come close to being pancaked there.