I can't for the life of me figure out how my mind works. Sometimes it has a mind of its own (if that's possible) and decides things based on no fact or reason. Let me elaborate. Once in college I received a bridal shower invitation in the mail for a friend who lived in Rockwall. The shower was going to be held at this date, this time, at this house. I made a mental note of the date and thought, OK, that's two weeks away. But it wasn't. My mind had just decided that on its own. The shower was really three weeks away. And I could have told you the date that was on the invitation - it didn't matter- in my head it was in two weeks. So the day of the shower came, and I drove all the way across the metroplex to Rockwall. As I pulled up to the house, I noticed that no cars were parked nearby. So I checked the time. Maybe I was early. (Yeah, I was a week early.) Again, I looked at the date on the invitation but was still clueless. I checked the address of the house. It too was correct. One more time I looked at the date and finally the light went off- OH, that's next week. I tried to see the positive side of this error: at least I would know exactly where to come next week when I would make the trip again.
I had a similar experience tonight. Josh and I had just left The Dinner Station and wanted a quick bite to eat. We decided on Smoothie King cause Josh had a free smoothie from his punch card. He was on the phone so I hopped out and tried to make it in before the "OPEN" sign turned off. I made it in time, purchased our smoothies, got a new punch card, and walked out of the store. As I left, I saw three middle school girls sitting on the patio and a black SUV sitting in front of them with the lights on. One of the girls was saying good bye to the other two. I remember thinking to myself, "That must be her dad in that car coming to pick her up." I kept walking past the car out into the parking lot. Josh was no longer parked in the space where he dropped me off. I looked back and forth for the Gold Mini (that's our '98 Town and Country minivan) but it wasn't anywhere in sight. At this point, I heard a honk nearby. Was that Josh? Still no sign of the Gold Mini though. Again, more honking. I realized it's coming from that guy in the SUV. As I'm pacing the parking lot, the SUV backs out of its parking space...the window rolls down...I'm thinking - what does this guy want? And then the light goes off- OH, It's Josh! And then I realize my mind has done it again. Just decided that we had driven the minivan even though minutes before I was sitting in the SUV. No wonder I couldn't find Josh. No wonder he was so perplexed when I walked right past him. No wonder he was honking. No wonder the Gold Mini was nowhere to be found. It was safely parked in the garage at home. And I was in the passenger seat of the SUV laughing with my husband about the complexities of my mind.