Oh my gosh, she looks so much like Mike. That's what we hear about Abby. All the time. It turns out though, that Abby may have a little of her rule following Mama in her as well. Tell me if you notice the similarity........
A month and a half after my birthday I suddenly remember that I was due to renew my health card, you guessed it, on my birthday. Oy. We had holidays coming up in a week and a half so I left it until then. Renewing your health card used to be a pain in the ass when you had to schlep all the way downtown and make an appointment and even still probably wait. Now you can pop on over to the local small town licensing office and it's all over in no time. As an added bonus it's just down the street from our favourite breakfast place, so win win. Here's the kicker though..... I was almost two months late in getting my health card renewed. That kind of thing is a pretty big anxiety trigger for me. I spent hours before we went down there rehearsing the speech I was going to give about why I was late to renew. Of course we got stuck in traffic on the way there.... so much for small town living....... which didn't help matters at all.
Finally I'm in line, only one person ahead of me and I'm praying that I can pull off the whole life is so busy, project deadlines, kids, work, lost track of time blah blah blah and you know what happened next right? She took my paperwork, took my picture and processed it through without breaking her conversation with the nice lady two wickets over. I don't even think she looked at my paper work if we're being completely honest. She certainly didn't seem to notice I was two months late and like a friend said to me afterwards.... Shan, she doesn't care.
Now two weeks ago I get a warning email from the library saying that Abby was very late returning a book. I remembered her taking the book out, but after that was a blank except for her asking me if she could take the book to school. I didn't think that was such a great idea, but she assured me that she was responsible enough. Now we can't find the book and Abby is afraid that she returned it to the resource teacher at the school, a teacher who has now left our school. She asked me what would happen if she couldn't find the book and I explained that she would have to pay to replace the book. That led to a couple of somewhat sleepless nights as she worried about that. As luck would have it she did end up finding the book tucked into a seldom used drawer and there was much dancing and jubilation, but we still had to deal with that library fine.
Mom, will I be in trouble? Mom, will they be mad at me? Mom, what are they going to say to me? Mom, will you come with me to pay it?
Of course they took her money and didn't look twice at her. Took her $1.60 and told her not to forget to unlock her dvd cases on the way out, have a nice day, thanks for stopping by, see you next week.
All that worry for nothing.