Monday, December 01, 2008

Shoulds are bogus, even in a snowstorm

Ah, contradictions. This is a case for "Shoulds are Bogus."

The school for the blind should be more flexible in receiving kids who do not take their buses.
Reality: Their dorm staff doesn't arrive until a certain time, and that's that.
End result: I had to plan to drop him off late in the evening, and then either find a hotel or make my way home over back roads late at night. In the snow. During deer season.

I should have left earlier in the day.
Reality: Amigo couldn't get into his dorm at the school for the blind until 7:30 PM at the earliest, so leaving earlier was pointless.
End result: We watched the Packer game at home and then left.

We should have changed plans completely, leaving early Monday morning.
Reality: We didn't know the weather would be as bad as it was or the traffic as slow as it was.
End result: We changed plans as we got closer to our first destination.

I should have prepared Amigo for the possibility of change.
Reality: Having too many options can cause him to melt down just as much as a sudden change can. There was really no way to prepare him.
End result: He had a meltdown in the van.

I should be grateful we found a hotel room down the road from La Petite's apartment.
Reality: I'm very grateful. In fact, the other hotel in the town near Amigo's school cancelled my reservation with no charge. I'm grateful for that, too.
End result: We're nearly the only customers here, in this hotel in a small college town. It's very quiet.

And shoulds or not, I'm glad we have a safe and warm place to lay our heads and rest. No matter what the morning brings, we'll be all right.
And the hotel room has a coffeemaker, so at least one of us will be happy in the morning.

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Blogger Sarah said...

I'm glad you made it somewhere safe for the night. Hopefully Amigo is calmer with the new day and once he's back at school.

Good luck and drive safe!

12/01/2008 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you had a safe travel day today. My goodness!

12/01/2008 12:27 PM  
Blogger Margaret Cloud said...

We have all been in similar binds, just glad everything turned out for you and hope your return trip was much better.

12/02/2008 10:23 AM  

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