All is not as it seems

Hello, Friday Fools! 

Monkey and I were waiting in the doctor's exam room, bored. He's playing Clash of Clans (I was a little addicted for a hot minute a few years back and I don't want to play with them anymore, lol. I will because it's kind of a Thanksgiving weekend thing between the three of us.) and I'm wondering what I should write about? πŸ€” Then in walks my content for today: the nurse practitioner. 

After waiting there for an hour, I wasn't having it, but that shifted as I watched her looking for the "mole checker" gadget that was in her pocket the whole time. She kept going out and coming back in, until she really felt deep in her pocket for it. Haven't we all done that, maybe even with the glasses on top of our own heads? πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ She said something about being a sideshow. I was just researching last night and that's something I'd say about myself! I laughed and said, "That's okay. We're a traveling circus." We both bust out laughing because she said her daughter says something similar about their family. 

So here's the story I got out of her--no coaxing or prompting involved. It was given freely. Chief says I elicit these stories.  πŸ€¨ (Not always, she whisper-shouts.) The nurse's daughter (25) pulls out of the Target parking lot, driving directly into the setting sun. It's one of those situations where the sun is literally blinding. She didn't see that everyone was stopped, so to avoid a collision she swerved and jumped the curve. The beauty of all this? Well, she avoided an accident and somehow managed to pull into a parking spot in front an apartment complex as if she intended to do that all along. She stuck the landing, so to speak. The unfortunate part (part one of her misfortune), is that she's blown two tires. She frantically called her mother, father, and brother who all come racing to her rescue one after another. Mom drives to Discount Tire to pick up two tires and Dad drives somewhere else to get a jack that will work on her Kia Sol (He's got a jacked up truck. His won't work.). Apparently, she didn't bother to go back to the dealership when she bought the car in 2016 to pick up the spare tire and jack...that's sad, but she's still was short a tire--I didn't tell nurse/mom that. The family worked in tandem to change the two tires and get her to her to where she needed to be. Dad removed old tire, rolls it to mom. Mom rolled new tire to dad who puts it on. Son holds light because it's now dark. That's the thing about "winter" sunsets in AZ (we'll discuss the AZ "seasons" another time). They blind you when you're driving into them (searing pain), bring brilliant, beautiful hues to the sky (breathe-taking beauty), then quickly descend (WTH moment--it's that quick), plummeting everything into darkness. Cue the bats, serial killers, and trolls (By the way--I still have Halloween decorations up, much to Chief's dismay. I haven't felt inclined to take them down. Guess I'll get on that now that it's nearly Thanksgiving...) 

Why am I telling you this? The father says to nurse/mom, "We're like K's pit crew." Which was funny--here are her parents working it to help this adult daughter "who's pacing like a caged animal" (nurse/mom's words, not mine). She drives off and the son says to his parents, "The caged animal has been set loose into the wild. Returning to her natural habitat." I didn't ask if he used the National Geographic "voice" to narrate. She was on a roll and I didn't want to interrupt that. SO, the other unfortunate part of this story is that her car made rattling noises as she drove off. She caused $2,000 dollars worth of damage to the undercarriage. Does anyone else think of Austin Powers when they hear "undercarriage"? Okay, then. 

So it was a circus, animal, National Geographic kind of family comparison thing that I thought was hilarious. She's my people. I'm not doing her story justice--it's in the telling and body language. The point is, there's another wacky family out there who says strange things about each other in a loving way that others may not understand or get. I'm pretty sure people think I'm awful when I compare the boys to the monkeys in the original version of Jumanji when they were taking over the town. Honestly, it's not a bad thing. It's illustrative. If you've seen the movie you can kind of picture what the boys might've been doing. Especially in the scene with the automatic doors. πŸ™„ You know how kids are with those. They're fas-cin-a-ting. (go ahead--draw it on out)

That image is the best I could do with the newsletter's library, but you get the idea. The monkeys were a little scary in that movie anyway. The boys aren't scary, but together they can be overwhelming. Especially these days, they're both well over six feet tall. Monkey is six-three. Okay, Bonus: replace those animals with squirrels and it'll give you a better idea of what my mind sometimes looks like (if these newsletters haven't already provided a clue). πŸΏπŸΏπŸ’ It's a wild. busy. overloaded. place. Yes, I've tried meditation. I had a pretty strong practice for a few months, then I fell off the wagon. Hard. I still had a circus in my head, it was just a quieter, gentler circus. πŸ€ΉπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸŽͺπŸ’ Not a wild Jumanji event that seems to live there these days. Guess I should try to hitch a ride on that wagon, again...

If you're a Mandalorian fan, happy watching. If you don't have the Disney channel, I'm sorry. I was there with the whole Game of Thrones thing--didn't have the right channel. Have yet to see it, but want to. 

Take care and listen to those "consequential strangers"--they have a lot to offer, you just have to be open to it. Mine: patience is a virtue and maybe I'm not as alone or odd as I feel. 😁 I hope everyone is well and that you find something funny, curious, or thought-provoking to brighten your days.

Take care!

~Ami

 

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