“Mom, remember yesterday when I had to go pee?” Adi asks as she stands on a stool, stirring chocolate glaze for the donuts that are baking in the oven, a big smile spreading over her face.
How could I forget…
Suddenly, I’m back in the car. We had decided to go along for an errand, to get out of the house. Along the way, the girls were thirsty, so after realizing we forgot their water bottles at home, we stopped and got them each a water. They sat guzzling in the backseat and I vaguely remember thinking that we’d probably regret the water, but I didn’t let myself stick with that thought for very long.
We decided to stop for ice cream. It was a beautiful spring day and we hadn’t had a spontaneous ice cream adventure in over a year. As soon as we pulled into the parking lot of the ice cream shop, Adi screamed out that she had to go to the bathroom. “Why don’t you come in with me,”I said. “We will check for a bathroom.”
We waited in line before entering the shop. Adi shifted from one leg to the other. As soon as we got inside, I looked around the shop, looking for a restroom. Of course, there wasn’t one. I broke the news to Adi and in her eyes I saw panic. “We’re really close to home,” I reassured her. “We will be home in just a minute,” I lied.
As soon as we got back to the car, I instructed Arnauld to drive! I passed out ice cream to the other girls, who dug in immediately. Adi declined her ice cream cup and demanded to know how many minutes it would take to get home. We were just one town over. We’d likely be home in less than ten minutes. “Three minutes,” I replied.
“Three minutes!!!” she screamed. The rest of the ride was pretty intense.
As soon as we pulled onto our road, Adi screamed, “Unlock the door!”
I pushed the button to open the garage and instructed her to unbuckle. As soon as the car was safely parked in the driveway, Adi flew from the car, running with her arms flying overhead like a crazy cartoon character, towards the house.
The rest of us sat, finishing up our ice cream in peace. I turned to Arnauld and said, “Maybe we should invest in one of the lug a loos Tracey has been raving about!”
Back in the kitchen, I looked back at Adi. “Yes, I remember when you had to pee yesterday.”
“I was so happy when I finally went pee,” she said.
“That feeling is sweet relief,” I told her.