While I am packing I snap at the girls to clean their rooms up so we can go. When they ask where we're going it occurs to me that I haven't actually told them I am going away. When I tell them I am going to the Dominican without them they whine and complain and are ever so slow to move.
I bribe them with the opportunity to go to the store if they just hurry up. This puts a bit of speed into their step, but not much.
As I am about to rush out the door, I remember "Oh shit! The tickets!" and search frantically for them. I find them on the dresser, two boarding passes. Once again at the door I am struck with the thought that I'm going to need stuff to read, LOTS of stuff to read, what with all that time on the beach. Scrambling, I stuff a pile of books into my bag with no regards to the titles.
All this time I am reminding myself to text Kaylee "Happy Dominican Day!" when I get a spare second. I get the girls in the car and we get down to Barrie where I make a stop at a store, as promised. My sister and brother-in-law are there, with all their kids, in two cars. My girls, without saying good-bye, jump into my brother-in-law's vehicle, who drives away without a hi, hello, how-are-you.
At the counter I tell Nicky how ridiculous my day has been and mentioned that the kids just up and took off with Frank without even saying good-bye to me, even though I'd be gone for a week. Nicky says something along the lines of "Yeah, a while back I told them to stop hanging around this store all the time."
This confuses me, since we don't live in Barrie.
While I am paying for my purchases (having bought a royal eff-ton of Coffee Crisps and Reese Peanut Butter cups for the plane ride) I count out my change. I ask the clerk if she will take a Canadian silver dollar but before she can answer it disintegrates in my hand. The thought that I should text Kaylee starts nagging at me again, before I realize with horror that she was supposed to ride down to the airport with me and I am already half-way to the city, and it will be a full forty minutes back to go pick her up.
I decide I will just drive back to get her, but first I decide to untangle the giant pile of dangly earrings that have accumulated in my purse. I gently pull each earring from the clump and sort each pair on the counter of the convenience store. Just has a I have the last pair lined up, that's when I wake up.