Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Flip Flop Story

Apparently Tuesday is my new blog day, since my last post was last Tuesday. Wouldn't it be nice if I could find time to get back in the habit of a daily-ish post? I know I would like that!

So, can I tell you a story really quick about what happened Friday as we were leaving the gym? Meagan's practice was done at 8:00, but Sebastian's went until 8:30. Somewhere between the two, a torrential downpour began outside. So by the time we were ready to exit the building, the parking lot had flooded quite nicely. And it was still dumping water like mad. And it was dark. So, the kids and I made a run for the van. I had the door opened for them, so all they had to do was climb in. But I didn't factor in that they would first have to wade through shin-deep puddles with currents. HA! So as Meagan was climbing into the van, the current of the water that was rushing across the parking lot to the drainage ditch on the other side just happened to grab Meagan's flip flop (that she got from one of her friends for her birthday) and wash it off of her foot. It washed right under the van and went out of sight. So I figured I'd get her in the van, we'd back up, and retrieve said flip flop. But when we backed up, it was no longer under the van. In fact, it was nowhere to be found. We drove around and around in circles in the dark flooded parking lot trying to find a shoe. I'm sure we looked like lunatics! Having no luck, I was forced to call off the search, which sent Meagan into hysterics about how that was her favorite shoe!! She literally cried the whole way home. Not cool, fellas!

Anyway, when we went back to the gym Saturday morning to drop Sebastian off for practice, there sat her shoe on the total opposite side of the lot from where we had parked. It had made its way about 3/4 of the way to the drainage ditch before - thank God - getting hung up on a piece of high ground. Let me tell you, I did get a look or two as I pulled up, parked, and got out to retrieve an abandoned shoe from the parking lot. This, in most cases, is not something normal people do - gathering used shoes from behind parked cars. But Meagan was beyond excited to get her shoe back!

Now, want to hear the ironic part? We went to Home Depot on Sunday - one day after retrieving the run-away shoe - and as we were walking down the isle, the shoe broke beyond repair. After all of that search and rescue effort, the shoe is still a goner. *sigh* The things we do for our kids, right?!


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