Today's Wonder of the World is a little scary.
That doesn't scare you?
It threw me into a full blown panic attack. Well, almost. At least I felt like hyperventilating. But I held myself together for the children's sake. I'm so brave.
Allow me to explain.
My minivan was beginning to look like dogs lived in it (really it was just one dog and five human beings,) so my dear husband wanted to take it on Saturday to a fancy car wash where they clean it inside and out. I am too cheap to go to those places. "Whatever happened to washing your car in the driveway?" I asked Todd, but then he said, "Fine, if you're really dying to do it." Then he looked at me.
I meant him, not ME!
So I sighed and sent them on.
While Todd and Sammy were at the car wash, my sweet nutty husband told Sam he could pick out any air freshener he wanted to hang from our rear view mirror. Any one at all.
First of all, this may sound snobby, but I don't really find tree shaped air fresheners to be very stylish or attractive. I'm already in a minivan. Must I dangle a fake tree from my rear view mirror?
I've tried telling Todd that tree shaped air fresheners distract me when I'm driving and might even cause an accident, but he never buys that excuse. I decided that I'd just have to live with the tree in the name of marital bliss. Besides, I do often haul around very sweaty boys with stinky feet. Maybe it wouldn't be so bad.
At that point I hadn't yet sat in my car.
The next morning we got in to go to church, and my passenger seat was enveloped by an invisible cloud of suntan lotion and salt air.
"What is this?" I shouted.
"Isn't it great?" said Sam.
"Mmm," Sarah said, breathing it in. "The beach..."
"Ahhh," said Ben. "It smells just like vacation. Did you know we only have thirteen days of school left?"
That's when my throat started to close up.
But it's spring! It can't be summer already! I've got stuff to do! I'm not ready! What happened to spring?
I do love my children like crazy, but I'm not ready for vacation.
That dern dangly tree.
If Sam hadn't picked it out himself, I'd sneak out there and fling it into the trashcan.
Then I'd replace it with this...
It's my favorite spring scent. (Okay, and summer too.) I get big whiffs on my daily walks by the river. It's heavenly.
I would cut a big bunch of it and hang it off my rear view mirror, but there's the bee problem. I'm thinking bees could be even more distracting than swinging fake trees.
I looked all over the internet for honeysuckle swinging trees but I couldn't find any. Shoot.
But at least Sam didn't pick one of these.
Yuck. I hate to leave you with bacon and sushi breath.
Go HERE, and watch the kids explain how to "eat" honeysuckle. It will bring back memories. Or if you have no honeysuckle memories (are there people like that? Poor people!) it will make you want to create some.
Have a wonder-ful Wednesday, everybody!