I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

I woke up pissed off.

I don’t know if it is stress or PMS or what, but I woke up in a foul mood.

Last night I realized that if I was going to road trip to BlogHer again I would not be able to do my scheduled co-op day at the kids summer camp. It occurred to me that I was going to look like a giant asshole when I told people that while, yes, I have had the schedule for seven weeks now I didn’t know I was driving to Chicago until this week. I sent an e-mail to the entire mailing list anyway hoping that somebody could trade days with me or maybe I could even pay them to work on my co-op day.

When I feel like a jerk it makes me mean so I gave my mom a hard time on the phone. Then I felt like a bigger jerk wad so I was bossy and strict with the neighborhood kids.

Then I had a glitch with some forms and work and just as I was ready to completely snap I checked my e-mail and there was a message from a lady I barely know from my pre-school summer camp.

She said that she had helped out at the camp yesterday and she had such a great time with the kids that she would be happy to just take my day for fun.

The tone was infectious. She had such a wonderful time playing with her four year old at school that she couldn’t wait to help out in his class again. In addition, I now have a desperately needed extra day this week to get ready for my trip.

I’m not in a bad mood anymore.

I wonder if she knows that she literally made my day?

And should I take her flowers or a bottle of wine?

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  1. I vote wine. Then you can take advantage of her again (to co-op) while she’s drunk.

  2. Wine. Or Chocolate. Or wine AND chocolate.

  3. I say wine and chocolate. One day might have been fun, but she might NEED the wine after another one!

  4. Two bottles of wine.

  5. I didn’t know you were driving to Chicago. I tried for months to put a group together to road trip it and everyone eventually bailed on me, so had to get plane tickets (everyone sucks).

    Awesome that someone is happy to cover your co-op day. I’d bake her a loaf of banana bread, but that’s just me.

  6. Both – and maybe chocolate too!

  7. Your Mother says:

    Apology(?) accepted! How wonderful is the kindness of strangers. You know I vote for the wine – white.

  8. Go for both, I reckon.

    Enjoy BlogHer. One of these years I’d like to take the plunge as well.

  9. An email with a link to your post.

  10. You should tell her that she made your day —

    I’m sure she has those overwhelmed days too and the feeling of bailing somebody out usually makes me feel like a million bucks, so — tell her.

    A bottle of wine and/or flowers is always a welcome surprise :)

    Have a fun trip!

  11. Aprylsantics says:

    Flowers and chocolate. It’s always a downer when you find out someone nice doesn’t drink.

  12. Awww, how nice! I think anything you brought her would be much appreciated because she isn’t expecting anything.

    I’m the same way, I can be a jerk to people and take it out on them when I’m mad at myself, etc.

    It’s all good and I’m glad it worked out! And yay! I’ll see you in a week!

  13. Wine. If you bring her flowers she might think you’re trying to sex her up.

  14. Don’t you just love people like that? I swear they are angels. Either that or Mary Kay ladies.

  15. Flowers AND wine.

  16. Chocolate and a plant. I’m not a wine drinker so I’d vote no on that anyways 😉

    More importantly HAVE FUN AT BLOGHER!!

  17. Wine, definitely. Or maybe vodka. Lots and lots of vodka.

  18. Both…always good to kiss her ass so that she’ll feel like she wants to do it again :)

  19. I agree with Daniel. Show her this post. I bet that will make HER day.

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