Yesterday was one of those days which would have gone a lot better if I could have stayed in bed all day. Having two squirts eliminated this as an option unfortunately. A highlight of the day . . . I thought I would be not only politically correct by purchasing the glass bottle of milk versus the plastic jug, but also fulfilling my aspirations of being an extreme "couponer" because the sign flying proudly in front of the product read that I could return empty bottles to customer service for $1.50 refund. Thus, the advertisement effectively lured me in and captured my attention. Beaming with eco-friendly pride, I proceeded to the check-out with a restless three-year-old in tow. Attempting to occupy the preschooler, I had her assist me in placing the items on the conveyor belt, yet I sensed trouble loomed 5 feet in front of me. The man ahead of me in the process of checking out received troubling news that the cash register had gone blank. The checker requested help, and the manager attempted to remedy the problem by removing a panel and crawling beneath the register. Beads of sweat began to form on my forehead as I realized I had limited time- we were due to pick my other child up from preschool. I decided to break grocery shopping etiquette by quickly dumping my breakfast sausages, Cardinals purse (impulse purchase, but too cute), prized milk, and the like back into the cart and made a beeline for the 20 items or less checker. Knowing I could not conceal my overflowing cart, I opted to plead with the checker for the sake of my child needing to be picked up from school. Checker sympathy ensued, and I was soon loading eco-unfriendly plastic bags (left the reusable ones in the car) into the trunk. Despite the obstacles, we arrived safely at home where I hurriedly began to carry bags inside. As if deemed inevitable by fate, the plastic bag housing the glass bottle of milk tore and, literally, milk was spilt all over my garage floor. Determined to make lemonade of lemons, or in this case, rising above the loss of $1.50 refund, I sopped up the white liquid with sheet after sheet of paper towels knowing I single-handedly hurt the environment probably more so due to my failed attempts to save it.
However, with yesterday coming to a close, I nearly tripped on a book jutting out from beneath my bed. Retrieving the dusty piece from the floor, I realized I bought The Love Dare, a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love, with honest intentions, but failed to read and participate in its journey. Opening to page 1, I see Day 1 reminds us that love is patient. An appropriate theme given yesterday's events. Follow and share with me in this challenge, but, "Shhhhhhh! Don't tell my hub!" The Love Dare