Do Parents have to be as Flexible as Rubber Bands?

As I was racing around Trader Joe’s trying to beat an ice storm on its way to the Triangle last week, it just hit me like an iceberg.

“When you are a parent, you need to be as flexible as a rubber band.”

As I waited in line with a million other people who also had bread, milk, wine, and beer in their carts, I uploaded my new quote to my Facebook account.

I even got a few “Amens!”

It made me smile.

You see my day started like this, and I’m not even a “working outside the home” type parent.  God help those parents because I’m sure their day was even more chaotic than mine.

We woke up on this frigid January morning knowing that public schools would dismiss three hours earlier.  That meant 12:45 p.m. for my son. 

I was to drop off my daughter at her preschool by 9:30 a.m, then go back to my son’s school where I  was scheduled to volunteer from 10 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.  After volunteering, I was going to make a mad dash to the grocery store before preschool pickup because I seem never to have food in the house when there is impending inclement weather.  NEVER.

At  12:15 p.m., I needed to pick up my daughter from preschool, change cars with my husband because his rear-wheel-drive vehicle is a flop in snow and ice, and then let him pick up our son at 12:45 p.m. We all would eventually gather at our home and watch the ice fall from the sky.

But then there was the sign.

“Due to inclement weather, our preschool will close by 11 a.m. today.”

WTF? I understand.  I’m not mad, but talk about a putting a monkey wrench in my plans.

I call the school.  I cancel my duties, and I make a beeline to Trader Joe’s.

While studying the beer aisle and sipping a sample coffee, I get a call from my husband.

“Public schools are now dismissing at 11:45 a.m.”

What? Earlier?

It all worked out.  We all got home safely.

I bet some parents were stretched so far that day that they thought they were going to snap.

And if the crazy weather and scheduling didn’t bend them out of shape, I bet being trapped at home with their kids during an ice storm did.

But at least we’ve learned to be flexible, right?