In college, my best friend Shannon and I used to always watch The Rock. That movie with Sean Connery and Nicolas Cage? It’s a good one. Our favorite line is when Cage is explaining to Connery that his life is usually pretty mundane, and so he is not used to dealing with dangerous chemicals. He says, “My name is Stanley Goodspeed. … I lead a very uneventful life. … I drive a Volvo, a beige one.”
I often feel like John and I are a bit like Stanley Goodspeed. We live a fairly uneventful life. We have a Honda. A white one.
Well, I should say, we had a white one. The picture below shows where John’s car was parked last night. This morning it was gone. Yep, stolen.
So anyway, after getting an understandably late start to the day, I was desperate for a little peace and quiet, ideally, in a nice hot shower. (I should add: Yesterday happened to be one of those days when I literally did not have time to take a shower. I know what you’re thinking, “Didn’t have time to shower? Come on.” Before I had Jack, I would have agreed with you. But now, I’ll admit, there are actually days when I simply do not have a chance to shower, and yesterday was one of those days.)
So anyway, it was close to noon and I was really ready to be clean. Unfortunately, as it turned out, the hot water heater was broken. And I refused to take a cold shower, especially under the circumstances. When I told my mom about my plight, she just laughed and told me to go jump in the pool. Okay, I said. I will.
So anyway, while it might not be that funny to sort of “rinse off” in a standard-size backyard pool, it is pretty hilarious (is that the right word?) to full-on bathe—with shampoo, conditioner, Neutrogena face scrub and a razor—in a $13 baby pool from Target in your front yard. (My mom offered to take pictures but I declined. Here is one of Jack instead.)
I think today marks a important milestone for me. I have reached the stage in my life where, without a second thought, I will do things that are likely to completely embarrass my children. Yes, I have officially become a mother.
Fortunately, at least for now, Jack is too young to be scarred by the experience.