One of the advantages of working from home is not having to get dressed first thing in the morning. My boys ride their bikes to school most days, but I take them on rainy days. I load up my pajama clad self and proceed to the drop off loop. No one sees me… except for my boys. They don’t seem to care, although I haven’t asked.
School is out and we have dove deeply into summer. The boys went to a week of wrestling camp (where they learn legal moves to take each other down). Then, we went to Disney ESPN Wide World of Sports for a baseball tournament for a week. The following week they started baseball camp. Needless to say, I was a little tired and out of sorts.
The first day of camp, I always walk them in to make sure they are properly registered. After that, they get dropped off at the gate. Don’t judge me, I know most of the people there. 🙂 Anyway, I had to give you that background info so you could truly appreciate what is to follow.
Day two of camp… I woke them up about 15 minutes before it was time to go. Enough time for them to get dressed, down a quick breakfast, and brush their teeth. I thought to myself… “I’m just dropping them off, I don’t have to get dressed today (or brush my teeth or my hair). Woohoo! I’ll put on my robe, just in case.” Just in case what? Just in case the neighbors are outside? Just in case the fly in my boxer shorts is open?
We head out to camp. I get far enough away from home that I can’t turn around and the gas light comes on. I hadn’t “just in cased” that one! I let the boys out a the gate. All the while, running every scenario through my head on how to get gas in my pajamas. Which station, which side of the road, how to hide between the two doors…
I ended up at the local Kangaroo, probably the busiest gas station on the Westside. I pulled up to the end pump and faced the truck away from the store. I thought that was the best way to not be seen. I got out, pumped my gas, and thought I was about to escape unnoticed. Should have known better! An Escalade with gold trim pulls up on the other side of me. Obviously, someone who put a lot of care into appearance. The gentleman that exited his vehicle was dressed to the nines. He even had gold cuff links.
I tried my best to hide behind the pump and not make eye contact. No such luck. The man looked at me, smiled, and said “rough night?” I just laughed and explained I hadn’t planned on making a stop for gas. I got in the truck, laughing at myself, and promised myself to never leave the house in my pajamas again… without checking the gas gauge first. 😉
“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” 2 Corinthians 11:30