This happened a while back, but I was reminded of it recently and thought I’d share:
I live in a small, pedestrian town. Everybody walks everywhere – to restaurants, to the park, to the supermarket, and to the library. I meet someone I know every time I’m out. If I am driving through town on the way home from somewhere, I almost always see friends pushing strollers or wearing their babies for an afternoon stroll. My neighbors are usually out gardening or walking their dog. So, why was it that on this day, I was stuck in the car with two sleeping kids, my garage was unusable due to boxes in the way, I really, really, really had to go to the bathroom, and there was not a friend or neighbor in sight?
I drove by the restaurants. I drove through the park. I drove past the supermarket. I drove by the library. I circled my block several times figuring that at some point, one of the neighbor’s dogs was also going to have to pee. I contemplated driving twenty minutes away to my husband’s office and asking him to come outside and rescue me. I couldn’t, however, imagine not finding anyone in town that I knew. Where was everyone? Why was I suddenly in a ghost town? It was a beautiful day – why wasn’t anyone outside?
I’ve done some crazy things as a mom. I once brought my son home from a nursing support group in “drag” when he pooped through his clothes and his blanket and I had to borrow clothes from my friend’s daughter. I’ve asked a pizza parlor to deliver pizza to my car when both kids were sleeping and I couldn’t stand to eat another fast food hamburger. But what was I to do in this situation? I couldn’t leave my car and my children unattended, no matter how desperate I got. If I had already purchased my son’s travel potty (which wasn’t gotten until this weekend), rest assured it would have been utilized… somehow. Even my son’s diapers and my empty disposable coffee cup were starting to look good!
It’s times like these (and only these) that I wish I was a boy and could, as my husband has put it, use nature as my urinal! Ultimately, I just sat tight (pun intended) and waited until the kids woke up. But seriously, where was everybody? What’s a girl got to do to pee in this town?
Is there an app for that?