While last week was hellish, this week is starting out a little rough. I haven’t really seen my husband at all in about 3 days. They have been so busy, when he called last night, I asked, “Who is this? Do I know you?”
**Side note: I’m always bewildered about how to discuss my husband’s business. If I say business is good for him, that means there are many people grieving and bad for them. If I say business has been slow lately and bad for him, it means its good for everyone else.
Okay, back to my weekend. Well, I spent the weekend as a single mom. This isn’t really that unusual but I normally have my parents who I can go to and say, “Watch the kids while I take a nap, please.” They, however, were in Wisconsin with my youngest brother as he received an award for “Conservationist of the Year.” So, I was truly alone. My son has develped yet another cough he can’t seem to get rid of. On Saturday night he coughed so hard, he threw up. Now, I do have to point out that my son is a little melodramatic and I finally had to tell him to quit trying to cough so hard.
Last night, my husband was supposed to be home about 8:00pm (after having gone into work at 10am). He called to say they had gotten yet another call around 8:30pm. At 11:15pm, I was in bed reading. I am normally sound asleep that late, but couldn’t get to sleep. I suddenly heard a knock on my front door and realized that I hadn’t locked it. I was frozen with fear, immediately realizing I was home with only two small children. I quickly called my husband. His response was, “What do you want me to do? I’m 45 minutes away. Call the police.” So that’s what I did. At least I had the presence of mind to call the non-emergency number. They sent an officer to look around and he found nothing. I felt better, but then waited up for my husband to get home, which wasn’t until 1:00am. I am so tired right now.
Then, on my way to work, I drive past a golf course. As I rounded a curve, I saw a deer cross the road about 500 feet ahead of me. It was just dark enough that I couldn’t see how big or whether it was male or female but just light enough to know it was a deer. It crossed the road and went into the woods. I silently thought to myself that it would have been nice to have been just a little closer so I could have seen it more clearly. Well, be careful what you wish for – as I approached the spot, another deer darted in front of me and I saw a third to my right, not yet on the road. I swerved to miss the one entering the road on my right and almost hit the back end of the one that was to my left. Talk about a morning jolt!
I’m still trying to figure out which caused a bigger adreniline rush – the knock on my door at 11:15pm or the deer in front of my car.