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In the Right Place at the Right Time

 Tuesday evenings are among my least favorite.  Miss M's Irish dance school has four locations, and until the Regional Championships are over, she has classes in 3 of the 4.  Tuesday's location requires a 34 mile drive (each way) and she needs to be there at 6:30 PM, which means driving during rush hour.  Which I hate. hate. hate. HATE.  Oh, and did I mention that I really don't like driving bumper to bumper with idiots in giant SUVs talking on their smart phones weaving in and out of four lanes of traffic as if there wasn't anyone else on the road?  Especially when it's raining cats and dogs?  Yes, my blood pressure *is* climbing just from thinking about it.  ::stops mid rant to take calming breaths::

It didn't help that for some reason I just got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and had to suppress the urge to snarl at everyone in my path today.  I was feeling decidedly Snape-ish, and in no mood to endure 40 minutes in the maelstrom when I got home from work.  Miss M got home before I did and was already glued to the seat in front of her computer, no chores done, homework unattended to, nothing ready for dance class.  Resisting the urge to scream, I reminded her of the things which needed doing, and then went to haul laundry out of the dryer.  When I came back up, she hadn't moved.   ::gggrrrrrrrrrrrrr::  I reminded her, again, and took the laundry upstairs.  Back down again - STILL no movement.  I'm afraid I did snarl dreadfully at that point, but it got her posterior out of the chair.  However, five minutes before we needed to leave, she still hadn't changed into dance clothes.  So I send the child upstairs to to change while I put her dance bag, my briefcase and purse and the dinner I pack for us (we don't get home until 9:30PM and it is neither nutritionally nor financially sustainable to be eating out 3 nights a week) into the car.  She comes downstairs with no sweatpants and hair uncombed, so she is sent back upstairs to do those things, comes downstairs wearing sweatpants, but still with hair which looks like gerbils have taken up nesting in it, so back up again she goes to take care of the hair.

By the time we get out of the house, ten minutes later than we should, I am fuming.  I turn on the car radio to my favorite classical station, hoping to smooth my frayed nerves, when Miss M begins petitioning for her favorite station.  I figure the music will be less annoying than the whinging, so I give in.  Wrong.  Just as I am trying to ease into the gridlock on the expressway, Poker Face starts playing.  Followed by Journey's Open Arms.  Apparently fate has decided to torture me, slowwwly, until I beg to be put out of my misery.  When Taylor Swift starts up, I tell my darling through gritted teeth that Mommy Has Had Enough Now, and apparently my referring to myself in the third person weirded her out sufficiently that there was no resistance to my changing the station back.  But creeping along en embouteillage in the driving rain to Shostakovich was not helping my mood either.  So I switched over to the 'oldies' station, and got Sam Cooke, The Beach Boys and The Hollies.  Much better. :-)  By the time Aretha comes on, and we're both singing Think at the top of our lungs, the traffic has thinned out , though the rain hasn't let up.

My route takes me south and west, and as we were getting closer to our destination, the sky ahead began to glow a golden yellow.  I found out as I rounded a bend and got hit in the face with it, that the sun was showing, just under the front that was passing through.  It was still raining where we were, so I told Miss M to start looking for the rainbow.  Then I looked into my rear-view mirror and there it was, wide and intensely colored against the dark clouds behind us.  I was just about to tell her so, when she shouted, "I see it Mom!" and pointed out *my side* of the car.  Sure enough, there was the other end.  "I can see the whole thing," she said with awe in her voice, "and it's double!"

We got to the dance studio and I hustled her inside.  She came back out with her entire ceili team and the teacher in tow, so that she could take them outside to see it.  After they all went back in, I stood and watched it until the sun was too far below the horizon to support it.  It was awesome - one of the best rainbows I've ever seen: the whole arc, showing brilliantly from end to end, and the second refraction very visible across the sky.   I took supper from the cooler and headed inside, shaking the water from my hair.  I'd have never seen this if I'd been comfortable at home as I wanted to be.  Maybe Tuesday evenings are tolerable after all


(This isn't our rainbow - just a picture of one I found that looked similar.) 


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Oct. 27th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
The downside of having a lab assistant around the house, this is. I admire your patience, and Mommy was quite right in having had enough.
But I'm glad you had the lovely rainbow experience to make up for it. Rush-hour traffic really is the pits.
Oct. 28th, 2010 10:30 am (UTC)
Most of the time one couldn't ask for a better child - she's really wonderful . . . *most* of the time. ::g:: I was about ready to put her on a plane to the Netherlands, though. XD
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Oct. 28th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
It's amazing how something like that just sets the day's annoyances back into perspective. :-)

metal-breasted semi-goddesses just don't make good backseat drivers.

LOL!! I wouldn't have minded such a passenger on Tuesday. Believe me, I was quite ready to choose a few of my fellow motorists for slaughter. ::g::
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Oct. 28th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
What does it say about me that I have both What's Opera Doc? and Rabbit of Seville completely memorized?
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Oct. 29th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, that *must* be it! ::snerk::

North winds bwow! South winds bwow! Typhoons, Hurricanes... Earthquakes!! SMOG!!!!!!
Oct. 27th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
My children - especially the elder - do that All. The. Time.

It drives me spare.

But you had all the magic of the rainbow at the end of it! I love rainbows.
Oct. 28th, 2010 11:05 am (UTC)
I'm beginning to believe that children come pre-programmed to drive their parents just this side of insanity . . . it can't be an accident that they know exactly where to stop so that we don't murder them or sell them to the circus! :-D

Rainbows do make up for quite a lot. ^_^

Oct. 27th, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
This is just gorgeous. I had a similar rainbow experience at an outlet mall in NY state once -- a double rainbow so sharp and vivid that I made my partner and child wait in the car for the 20 full minutes it took before the rainbow faded. You can hardly believe they're real when they look this text-book perfect.

And your Child apparently took lessons from my Child /g/.
Oct. 28th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
I made my partner and child wait in the car for the 20 full minutes it took before the rainbow faded.

I can't believe they weren't out there gawking with you . . . I can't ever tear my eyes away until they're gone.

And your Child apparently took lessons from my Child /g/.

I don't think they need lessons - it's instinctive. (And I can hear my mother's voice in my head cackling gleefully and muttering something about paybacks and canines. XD)
Oct. 27th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
It might not make up for the whole experience, but I bet it put a shine on the evening.

And really, having a kid who sings along with Aretha can't be all bad, ;)

But I could not handle that traffic, I get distinctly cross in traffic.
Oct. 28th, 2010 01:16 pm (UTC)
I bet it put a shine on the evening.

It sure did! ::ggg::

And really, having a kid who sings along with Aretha can't be all bad, ;)

She knows all the classics. And really, you haven't lived until you've heard an 8 year old belt out 'Natural Woman' (my Dad is a corrupting influence :-D).
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