Friday, October 16, 2009

Fun and Games with Jenners


Jenners loves a good game that sparks our creativity. You can always count on Jenners to add some fun to your day!

Over at Life with a Little One and More, she challenges: "Write a short story based on a moment in your life that imagines what would have happened if you had made a different choice at that moment."

I couldn't come up with any big life changing moment for this story. I wish my life had a little more drama to share :) Digging in my archives, I decided to share my "what if" scenario about how different my driving life with my husband would be if I never accidentally took off my rear view mirror with the side of my house. When it comes to my driving mishaps, my husband has a memory like an elephant. Everything else seems to escape his mind. For example, he may look stumped if you ask for my conversation topic from three minutes ago :) If I hear him chuckle one more time about the unfortunate demise of my rear view mirror, I think I'll take the first boat to Aruba.

Let's pretend that I park perfectly every time. I swing into spots with expertise and confidence. The garage is no longer my nemesis. I can get my minivan past all the bikes, tricycles, basketball hoops, miniature cars and hula hoops without any scratches or dents. My kids will praise my superior parking abilities when friends brag about their dads. All of a sudden, I will be Super Mom, Queen of all Parking. Bring on the tightest spot and I will parallel park with finesse. No more searching for a HUGE space where no one is looking. My bumper sticker would read, "I park, therefore I am."

Here's my fantasy conversation with my enlightened husband who appreciates his wife's natural parking prowess:

Lumbering slowly up my mother's extremely narrow street in the Bronx. Picture 4 complaining and potentially bickering children. Husband points out a parking spot in the distance.

Husband: There's one. Go for it. You could do it blindfolded.

Wife zooms into space in seconds. Wife: That was easy.

Husband: Wow. I'm lucky to have such a gifted wife who maneuvers this big, clunky van so gracefully. You know I think I'll let you drive all the time. You park better than me anyway. (If he read this last sentence, I think he would choke on his ravioli :)

Well, there you go. Pure fantasy. I would truly fall over if my husband ever said anything like that to me. I think I would assume that aliens took over his body! Parking may not be my thing, but I'm a pretty good mama acrobat when it comes to looking for a dropped toy or passing out snacks to the rambunctious passengers in the back.

Jump over to Jenners' fantastic blog to join in the fun!

18 comments:

Valerie said...

Oooo I'm sure that's not all fantasy. I bet you're a good driver really. It's the other way round in my house, hubby hates driving and I love it. Heehee I do the difficult bits. I'm also very conceited :-O. Popping over to look at Jenners.

Jenners said...

I just love this! And I too suffer from "parking maladies" in and out of our garage. And my husband never ever lets me forget about any of my unfortunate events. We truly are twins in this way. I just loved everything about this -- it was pure comic genius! What fun. Thanks for playing!

Gloria said...

I park, therefore I am . . . GENIUS!!!! I'm not much cop at parking either. Less said on that point:)

I've posted some photos I took of our dawn walk yesterday which I think you'll like:)

He & Me + 3 said...

My hubs would never say that either. When he is in the car he is ALWAYS driving and I mean ALWAYS! Cause that is what his dad does. LOL
Great writing you fabulous parker you! :)

kisatrtle said...

Oh the dreaded I have to park the car with my husband in it senerio. I feel your pain. If you are short like me, parking even in a space at Walmart, has it's challenges. I think, technically, I should be in a car seat still. LOL Good luck parking today.

Joanne said...

Well, what I'm seeing here from the first part of your story is that it wasn't YOUR fault. It was the houses's fault, for being in the way, sheesh. See, it's all in how you spin it ;)

Have a great weekend.

Ginger Jasper said...

Well it made me chuckle and I am sure there are a lot of women out there who relate Carol and GJ x

christy rose said...

That is hilarious! You would never hear my husband say those words either! LOL

Judith Ellis said...

Love it, Kelly! I laughed a lot especially when you said that it was pure fantasy. LOL! Keep at it, my sister, my friend.

Corrie Howe said...

Isn't that the great thing about creative writing? We can live in our fantasies for a time. :-)

Merriam said...

Hi! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I saw something in Family Fun magazine by someone named September Mom, and I was wondering if that was you?

Michelle said...

I'm still trying to figure out how you took out your rearview mirror. The side mirror I can understand but wow... the rearview mirror is a true accomplishment.

btw - go check out the new Fords. They park for you :)

septembermom said...

Oops! Michelle, you're right. I did mean to write side mirror. Oh well, the mind isn't as sharp as it used to be :)

TheChicGeek said...

LOL, great story and what a fun challenge! I just realized your name is Kelly too :D That's fun!

I wanted to thank you for stopping by to wish me well on my vacation and a Happy Birthday! I really appreciated your kindness :D

Have a Happy Day!

Ann Victor said...

Hahaha! I *really* sympathise with you - postboxes and parallel parkings are my driving nemesis. Luckily my husband stays very calm and just says (very quietly) "you're getting a bit close". My next car is going to have one of those things that go beeep beeep every time you get too close to a solid object! :)

I'm going to use Jenners interesting prompt to write short story tomorrow (today is taken up with a family lunch for my Mom's birthday and prayers tonight for a friend's Mom who passed away)

::She Poet:: said...

LoL! What a creative "conversation". This only proves your imagination is endless. You can take on any prompt with flair. Maybe I should get my grandparents to read this one :O

Caitlin said...

Haha! Hilarious scenario. My husband is just pleased when I don't run the car into the garage wall while parking- something I have been known to do on occasion! :)

Robyn Campbell said...

I came here from Ann Victor's blog. Love reading the conversation. It's hilarious and a DREAM of all wives! :)