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Sitting in that Awkward Place

October 23rd, 2006 · 5 Comments · Family Life

This afternoon found me in an awkward place.

The BoyChild and I were out (as we are most Sunday afternoons) running errands.

We’d been every place on our list, except for the very last place, The Homeland Grocery Store.

As we were driving to the Homeland, I watched his head bob. He fell forward in that weird falling forward but not really falling forward way kids do so they can sleep in their car seats. I did what any good mother would do. I slowed down my pace. I didn’t get in any kind of hurry. I moseyed over to the Homeland.

I pulled into the parking space and put the car into park. Sometimes, if the BoyChild is just a little tired, and not in a deep heavy sleep, that is all it will take. His head will jerk up and he’ll start talking in the middle of his last sentence.

Not today. I actually turned the car off. Not even a flutter of his eyes under his blue eyelids.

And I was in that switch.

I could wake him up and try to go into the Grocery Store. That’s dicey depending on how tired he is and how much sleep he needs or wants.

If I went home, as soon as I tried to move him from the car to the house, he would wake up. And we would still have to go to the Homeland to buy our groceries. The BoyChild might have gotten enough sleep to make him feel better, or just not enough sleep so that he was a bear, but I would still need bread and milk for next week.

I pulled into the Homeland and waited. I let him sleep for a total of about 45 minutes, I hoped not so much that he wouldn’t sleep tonight but enough that it would make him feel better.

So, if you were looking for me yesterday about 4:00, I was sitting in the parking lot of the Homeland tweezing (cause I had them in my purse) and looking at the sale catalog from Albertsons (cause it was the ONLY reading material I had in the car).




5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michelle // Oct 23, 2006 at 11:17 am

    I used to find myself in that position every time I drove the kindergartner to noon-time school. The younger one would fall asleep, but not enough to let me get them out of the car without waking them up.

  • 2 Kristen // Oct 23, 2006 at 2:23 pm

    Ah, stuck in the car with a sleeping kid. Nice.

  • 3 Maria P. // Oct 23, 2006 at 11:37 pm


    You are a nice mom. As soon as I park it is (unless I am in my driveway with a mouth full of fast food french fries) it is “WAKE UP GUYS WE’RE HOME! GET OUT OF MY CAR!” :P

  • 4 Erin // Oct 25, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    Don’t they always fall asleep about 5 minutes before you get where you are going?

  • 5 daysgoby // Oct 27, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    M –

    re: the racecar – Cass’s hung a bit crooked on him (the back was lighter than the front) so I hot-glued (Yah, okay, hubby was speechless) a pair of pliers to the inside in the back – acted as a nice weight.
    Good luck – please post pictures!!