I am coming to terms with my newest diagnosis, carlessness. It is not recognized by the medical community and the only known cures are time and/or purchasing a of third car. We practiced and prepared for months….. I was clearly in denial… We discussed important issues that are not covered in the handbook.
*Conditions: To further reduce the carlessness blight the ground work must be laid. My stuff will always be more important than your stuff, so….. there.
*Protection from cross contamination: Only push the unlock button once to open the driver door so no one can jump in behind you (all I can see in Farah Fawcett trapped in her fireplace in the movie Extremities.) Reminders of the actual law, will potentially reduce the threat of abundant people in the car.
*Avoiding non-essential hemorrhaging: If the parking meter has a yellow pole you get a whole hour for a quarter and if it is green you get a measly 30 minutes. This is a huge deal when your carlessness flares up while helping the instigator pay a parking ticket. Continuous reminders of the cost of maintenance, insurance and fuel can significantly reduce attempts at third car syndrome.
*Therapeutic remedies: A rash may appear if I ever see or hear she was texting and driving, this is unlikely because I threatened to never let her drive again and flip phone for life. Spend new acquired time doing something for self, try to avoid driving other child around every five minutes for at least 5 months and work on getting her involved in activities with more carpooling opportunities.
Sometimes I find myself staring out the window wondering what I am supposed to be doing. When I realize that she took the car to dance or work, my symptoms are momentarily relieved, only to be overshadowed by the thought that my baby is growing up. My carlessness is feeling quite hopeless today, but there is a bright side. I complain a lot less and I may even have time to cook real meals again. Maybe it is more of a virus.