I’ll take the green grass on MY side

May 17, 2006


I might have mentioned I have an event for the hospital tomorrow night that is causing my heart to implode with guilt. (It’s still scheduled. The voodoo didn’t work.)

I spent today running the last few errands for it. Florist (hostess gift), Party City (napkins – a favor for the hostess), Office Depot (nametags). I also had to go to Kinko’s. They were printing a set of color slides for me because my toner was running low. As I sulked in, ready to pick up my very handy internet order, I noticed there was a couple next to me who needed help with a flyer. They needed it copied in color, as it had a photograph on it.

At first I thought it was (yet another) “Lost Dog” flyer that shows up in our neighborhood semi-regularly. Upon second glance (‘cause I’m nosey that way sometimes), I realized it was indeed a “Missing” flyer – except it was for a young girl, Brianna.

I don’t know the circumstances that caused this awful situation. Quite frankly, I don’t want to. But in that moment, I realized I was kind of an asshole. I was sulking about missing a 2 hour event for The Swimmy. These folks were wondering if this kid was safe.

And so, I’m thinking that “grass is always greener” cliché is STILL a big, fat lie. I’m thinking I’ll smile when I say goodbye to The Swimmy tomorrow night and hand her a little bouquet of flowers to say how proud I am. I’m thinking I’ll give her a great big, loved-soaked hug before she leaves and when I get home.

Because I can.

Updated to add this:

Swimmy Graduation May 2006 078.jpg

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3 Responses to “I’ll take the green grass on MY side”

  1. bill Says:

    And in the end, the Swimmy won’t remember that you were not there, and you might not remember, but certainly won’t care, that you weren’t there because there will be so many more events, so many more adventures and so many more experiences with Swimmy and Wiggly that your life will be so full it pushes the rest of us off the planet.
    Lucky you.

  2. Tina Says:

    Incidents like the one at Kinkos does put everything in proper perspective.

  3. Em Says:

    Your Swimmy has the best hair of any kid I’ve ever seen! I’m so jealous!! It’s so shiny and full, and dark … gorgeous dah’ling!!
    Try not to stress too much tonight!!