The Funny Thing
I told Jed that for Valentines this year, instead of getting each other gifts, we could just do nice things for each other. (Ohhhhhh cuuuuute!!!) My first plan--vacuum the car. Jed loves a clean car, and unfortunately (you remember my cupboard), with kids' wet snow boots kicking the backs of the seats, cracker crumbs and formula splashes, it was in total disarray.
I headed for the nearest car wash with a pocketful of change. I threw away all sorts of treasures, and, shoving the children aside, was ready to vacuum. I was doing relatively well--you have to go fast, you know, or you run out of time. (Are you thinking about me vacuuming really fast? Do. It's kind of funny.) The beeping indicating one minute left came on, I gave it a couple more quarters and finished the job.
I was so pleased! Check me out with my three kids and a clean car! I'm so awesome, I decide to continue on. It's a nice day, so it would be a shame to not use my obvious car cleaning talent (who knew!) on the outside as well.
I'm not a car wash regular, as you might have gathered from the start. I usually either get lucky and come in to free car wash coupons that my dad can't use, but obsessively gathers, or we wash it at home with soap and water. But today, you betcha, I am going to use that foaming brush. $1.50? No problem! Now ready, set, go!
I'm rinsing--hurry, hurry! Switch the knob...foaming brush. Oh, foaming brush! Who knew you could be so charming! What with your pink smelly soap and...wait, what is that beeping? Not one minute left! No, I couldn't be!
No big deal, here's another dime and a nickel and a dime. plink, plink, plink...to coin return. Quarters only?! What's wrong with dimes? They're silver too! Oh dear. Switch the knob...high pressure rinse. And 5,4,3,2,1. Trickle...trickle.......tri...ck.......l...e.
Pulling out of the stall...
"Mom, why are we leaving? The car still has soap on it."
"Look there are bubbles on it mom."
"Yes, kids I know."
"Mom, you have to rinse the bubbles off."
"You need to use more water mommy."
"Yes, but Mommy ran out of money and the water stopped."
(Two guys in a truck watch me pull out of the car wash parking lot. They do a double take.)
"How are you going to get the bubbles off?"
Hmmm...hose turned off for winter. "Yeah, we're just going to go home and figure it out."
A few seconds later waiting at what seems to be a really long traffic light.
"What's so funny mom?"
"Oh, just that we're driving home with pink soap all over our car."
And so went my first Valentines surprise for Jed. Maybe I should have stuck with a gift.