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Don't you hate it when ...

September 22, 2010 - Betsy Bethel

Don't you hate it when ...

It's the day before pay day. You desperately need a snack or pop from the vending machine. Your hopes soar as you hear an unexpected jingle at the bottom of your purse, rummage around and yield ... five pennies, a button and a hair clip.

Your preschool-age child's little friend pokes your belly and asks if there's a baby in there. (And there's not.)

Your child runs away from you in Kroger and there's nothing else for it but to run after him. In skirt and heels, you go careering around the chip aisle endcap and run smack into your boss ... or your child's daycare teacher ... or — humiliations galore — your childless neighbor who is always quick to illuminate you on the latest discipline trend.

You have been looking forward all day to devouring your favorite (fill-in-the-blank snack or dessert) only to discover the package is empty. Why is the box still residing in the freezer or cupboard? That's a rhetorical question, right?

You lovingly pack your child a healthy lunch and discover three-quarters of it still in the bag after school. Sometimes I think that's better than a completely empty bag. When there's not a crumb left, I'm willing to bet a Go-Gurt that the contents ended up in the garbage can rather than my child's belly.



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