Just because I have a plan for the day, that doesnít mean I have any idea how that day is going to go. Last night I made up my mind to get some serious errands done today, and do some serious shopping. (I have this gift card that I got for Christmas, which is better than money (which I donít have)). Then this morning I woke up feeling a little crummy, so I decided to zip off to the post office and back and then use the day to get some work done.
Because Iím all efficient and dedicated, especially when I donít feel like fighting traffic and crowds and standing in lines. (You canít see it, but Iím patting myself on the back and giving myself an ďatta boy.Ē) Maybe Iíll feel like fighting tomorrow, but today? Not so much.
So I didnít shave, and I put on my holiest shirt. Not, as you might think, a priestly vestment or a hair shirt, but a T-shirt with actual holes. Not that anyone would see it, because I would (a) wear a sweatshirt over it most of the day, and (2) not be going anywhere except the post office. Or so I planned.
Then the call came from Tammy and an emergency of sorts had come up and I was drafted to pick up D.J. at school. (Well, not ďdrafted,Ē exactly. That makes it sound as if I didnít have a choice. And I sort of did, but I didnít have a good enough reason not to do it, and besides, itís Tammy and Davidís anniversary today, so why not grab a chance to be a part of it?)
Anyway, so much for plans, but at least I got to hear about D.J.ís latest passion. Itís not cheetahs any more. I fell right into his trap, too. ďDo you know what my favorite big cat is?Ē he asked me, first thing when he came bouncing out of the classroom. Sure. Cheetahs, right? ďNo, I like red jaguars now.Ē And he proceeded to tell me what he knew about red jaguars: theyíre red, and theyíre jaguars. The rest of the story was a little sketchy, but he had a book at home that he wanted to show me. ďIf you have time,Ē he said with no irony whatsoever.
According to the book, red jaguar is another name for puma (which has lots of names, including cougar, panther and mountain lion). Itís also a sports car (which is, in fact, even faster than a cheetah), but D.J. is six, not sixteen, and there were no XKEs in the big cat book.
We had arrived at his house at the same time Dakotaís bus drove up and deposited him at the door. Dakota walked up to me, pointed to my car, and said, ďGreen car.Ē We all went in the house and Dakota and Aiden ran to the window saying, ďGreen car.Ē I had to open the blinds so they could look out.
I couldnít stay long, what with having all these plans and such, so I started saying my goodbyes right away. That way I knew I might be on my way home in twenty or thirty minutes. (And itís not all their fault it takes that long, to be perfectly honest about it.) Before I left, Aiden ran to give me a hug and pulled me down on top of him, laughing like the little clown he is. Yes, he did do that on purpose.