The weekend started normal. Way too many plans, way too many things I wanted to get done. Hanging out with my mom, the usual.
After a week with my son being in and out of some stomach bug, that was minor, but still icky, and then our daughter ending the week with it, the weekend was welcomed.
And then I got it. This stupid stomach bug. Which is bad enough, because your stomach swells like you’re 7 months pregnant, and you contemplate moving all your belongings into the bathroom, and eventually your body just runs out of steam… but then it gets worse.
Then I get a panicked phone call from my mom.
My jack russell, the last of the two dogs she had kept from my days in dog training school, is sick, very sick. And she’s rushing her off to the emergency vet.
So then it’s tossing and turning, from a stomach that’s trying to birth a 20 pound alien of sickness, and not knowing if your very young jack russell is ever going to be okay, and wishing you weren’t an hour away to comfort your mom, and a little bit of prying to God wondering what the heck He’s trying to do with taking your two best dogs, your goat, and now another pet in less than two years…
And then it’s biting your tongue as the rest of the family need this and that, and right now, all the while you’re just trying to stay in one piece.
She passes in the middle of the night. Heart failure out of nowhere that they couldn’t stop. And I’m thankful that it was a pet, and not a human, but the emptiness grows.
So I do the stupid and make a coffee date, just to get out of the house. As I’m rushing to make one stupid bagel before I leave, dying from hunger. And then the cream cheese is frozen and won’t smooth out. So I pull out a stick of butter and try to microwave it for a second to soften it up, and then the microwave shoots sparks out at me. Then the toddler, laughing the whole time, just takes my bagel and runs off with it.
Hungry and now late, I rush out to the car, and it’s on empty.
I get gas and hit traffic, because a bear is standing on the side of the road…
And I laugh and cry, because this stupid life, just keeps on happening.