I don’t even know how to start this story, except to say this week has been completely crazy and God has a sense of humor.
My birthday is this weekend and in celebration I had to renew my driver’s license. I only had a few more days to do that so I made plans to meet my husband in town and swap the kids so that I could go into the BMV kidless and renew my license. We had a plan! I left the house early and decided to go to Big Lots with the kids to browse items.
On my way to Big Lots I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. In return they gave me a free cookie. This would become the highlight of my evening. It was all downhill from here.
My kids and I browsed Big Lots. Me and my latte hanging in Big Lots. Our last stop in the store was the toy section for my kids to play a bit.
And then this happened. I don’t even know what happened. Okay, I know what happened but I don’t know how I could have let this happen.
My son wanted a toy on the top shelf.
I grabbed it for him.
We played a bit.
My husband called and said he was a few minutes away and to meet him outside.
(Let’s pause here and take a moment to remember that I am meeting my husband to swap the kids to get my driver’s license renewed full with new picture.)
I grab the toy to put it back on the top shelf.
I spill my coffee from a high elevation.
On my head. On my head!
Coffee was dripping down my face. In that moment of putting the toy on the top shelf my brain somehow forgot that I was holding my pumpkin latte and in true lucky fashion I must have handled the latte just right that it POURED onto my head. Shock. Utter shock.
I immediately looked up and saw that I was in an aisle with a security camera. You can say you knew me when, when this video goes viral on YouTube.
So what happened? After I somewhat recovered, I threw my purse into the cart and desperately started wiping my face with my hands. Hands are useless with sticky pumpkin latte on your face, just so you know. I then realized I needed to use my shirt but then I would be exposing my belly to the security camera – and who knew who was watching at this point. I sure would be if I was the security guard.
I scooted the kids and my cart into an aisle and started wiping my face with my shirt, bending over to lessen the likelihood of exposing my belly. I had to at least keep my modesty if my dignity was gone. At this point the pumpkin latte – which is VERY orange if you’ve never noticed – was now staining my shirt. My hair was matted. It was like dunking your hair in melted ice cream. Matted and sticky and stuck to my neck.
I rushed the kids through the aisles, dodging people that were shopping, to find the mirrors to access the damage visually. Of course at this point I realized the mirrors were in the FRONT of the store. The toys are in the BACK. And there are NO mirrors in between.
Once I found a mirror, I checked myself out. No orange coffee was visible on my face any longer – but my hair looked like I had L.A. Looks hair gel on one side and forgot to style the other.
The kids and I ventured to the car where I then found our baby wipes. (Thank goodness for a diaper wearing kid!) I tried with no avail to wipe my hair down with wipes. Only then did I realize I had parked by a car with a teenage boy sitting in the passenger seat. He was staring. So was his dog.
I didn’t care and went back to wiping my hair with baby wipes.
All in all, I went through my license renewal. Of course they had to take my picture. And it looks like a mug shot. Now for the next 4 years I’ll have a constant reminder of the day I dumped a pumpkin latte on my head while in the toy aisle of Big Lots.
Just when life gets busy and stressful, God just shows you how to not take yourself too seriously. And He will then remind me of that fact every single time I buy a bottle of wine and get carded.
Here’s to making the most of life! 🙂