Because what else would I be doing on a Saturday morning?

I am my son’s chauffeur.  At least until he gets his license.  I don’t mind driving him around, I just wish he had better planning skills.  And communication skills.

Friday night, as I’m getting ready for a rare evening out, my son informs me that I have to drive him to the ballpark in the morning.  I have no problem with that theoretically, except I have  orchestra rehearsal in the morning.  He turns to my husband, who has a major project due on Monday and will be working. In Maryland. That’s a totally different state.

My son is not happy. “But it’s a school assignment.”  What class? Gym.  Since when does gym have homework?  Especially homework that requires cameras, computers and printers?  He’s in high school. This has got to be a sign of a school system with more affluence than common sense (and I teach in it from time to time, so what does that say?)

Remaining calm, I tell him that I will gladly take him to the baseball field in the afternoon, but the morning is not a possibility. He is still not happy.

This happens more than I would like.  Everything has to be done right now, and of course, I am supposed to drop everything and comply, because it’s not like I’m doing anything.  Most hours of the day, I am either at the computer, writing, or have a violin in my hand, so I’m not sure I understand his definition of not doing anything.  I suppose he means not doing anything that someone is lined up to pay me to do.

That’s the kicker, isn’t it? If one doesn’t get paid, the activity drops to the bottom of the priority list after getting the car fixed, picking up the dry cleaning, unloading the dishwasher and cleaning up the cat’s hairballs. So I do what I must.  I write about it.

Come Saturday afternoon I’m at my desk, working through some dialogue, when my son comes up from behind.  He put his arms around me in a heartfelt hug.  I’m waiting for it, and…. there is it.

“Can you drive me to the ballpark in 30 minutes?”

“Sure,” I say.  Just as he’s leaving, I stop him. “Hey! Do you want to read today’s Momaiku?”  I don’t usually offer.

He comes back and I pop it onto the screen.

“I love you” he said

You need a ride somewhere, right?

Yeah, that’s what I thought

He read it and puts a finger to his lips “Shhhhhhhh,” he says. “This did not just happen.” It’s our secret.

Until now, of course.

Words by J. B. Everett

Photograph by David Copeland

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4 comments on “Because what else would I be doing on a Saturday morning?

  1. TheOthers1 says:

    Cracks me up. You portray him well. Very down to earth. Your pieces never come across as ranty, just honest. It’s nice to read.

    • I save my crankier self for Momaiku 🙂 I’m glad the affection shines through. There is much love and humor in our relationship, yet we still know he is the kid and I am the mom. I feel pretty fortunate.

  2. Muddy Kinzer says:

    This certainly rang a bell with me! I don’t get paid, and I’m just a mom, so nothing is as important as what my kids have going on. Apparently, I’m available to interrupt at any given time!

    I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! Read more about it here: http://www.muddyingthewaters.com/

  3. Cindy Brown says:

    As usual, I both relate to and love your post. Sucks feeling used, but that’s what it amounts to sometimes – they bribe you with love gestures you know are just for a particular use (to get what they want).

    Hey, I tagged you back with a blogging award. I received the Versatile Blogger award and you will be officially receiving it in my Woo-Hoo this next Wednesday. :0) Congrats!

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