"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

carpe diem! {a watermelon}

{i took this to send to sean announcing the first watermelon of the season}
went to costco to pick up baby announcements.
max behaving.
chase sleeping.
brennan at preschool for another hour.
the lure of fresh fruit, greek yogurt, and uncooked tortillas calling.
carpe diem i said!
i made my usual loop through the fresh fruits and vegetables.
big smile.
b/c things are getting back into a routine around the gibson home.
and here we were shopping for our own selves with baby and toddler in tow.
and no one crying!
no one crying!
i laid eyes on the cardboard tubs of giant watermelons.
and could almost taste them from the sight of their beautiful green shells.
80 degrees this week was enough to set my summer habits of watermelon buying into full gear.
once a week,
every week,
until the trees turn orange, red, and yellow in the fall.
i explained to max how to pick out a watermelon.
"hollow like your chest, see?"
and i patted my chest.
so did she.
then i hoisted one into my cart.
we finished up, checked out, and loaded all of our loot.
still no kids crying!
with half an hour left before preshool was out we ran by the bank and home to unload.
just as i'm marveling at how well it all went i realize i must have left the watermelon in the car.
not there.
i climb in to see if it rolled back.
crazy driver in my mini van, you know.
didn't roll back.
checked the trunk.
front seat.
no watermelon.
checked my phone to see where i'd put it from the picture i sent to sean.
i must be more tired than i thought.
this is what i was thinking.
this is what i thought when i saw the picture.
b/c i realized that watermelon must have rolled out of my van,
like a meatball on top of spaghetti.
i wanted that watermelon.
i HAD TO HAVE that watermelon.
so i drove the 5 short blocks back to costco,
and searched my parking spot.
no watermelon.
at which point i flagged down a cart gatherer person and politely asked him,
"you haven't found a watermelon rolling around the parking lot by any chance?"
he had not.
but would check the customer service desk.
by golly, they had found one!
and put it back, not knowing whose it was.
and i could go right on in and gather it again for myself.
at which point i even MORE POLITELY asked him if there was anyway someone could bring one out for me instead?
"see, i have a newborn and a toddler in the back,
and a 4 year old i need to pick up from preschool in 13 minutes?"
he took mercy,
bless him,
and i gladly explained how to pick out a watermelon.
"hollow like your chest, see?"
yes, i really did.
and he really did bring it right out to me.
at which point both max and chase started melting down.
so i called our luck plum run out,
and called a friend to bring brennan home with their son,
i securely placed my watermelon in the front seat.
{and may have even considered strapping it in with a seat belt},
and i drove home so satisfied that we'd be eating watermelon for the rest of the week.


becca said...

i got our first watermelon today and it was so good

The Jackson Family said...

Not as funny as the Blueberries I Forgot Costco trip, but still adorable :D

Tiffany said...

Haha!! It is amazing how far we'll push our luck when our kiddos are behaving themselves!! Glad you got your watermelon!!:)

Sue said...

Can't believe your missing watermelon stayed in one piece!