My subject is: I can’t believe I and no one realized it was me. I will never tell because they reacted and I am feeling .
It was submitted by: Karen of Dinosaur Superhero Mommy
I have done a few of these type posts. The first Secret Subject Swap ever, back in October of 2012, my prompt was “I can’t believe the time I . . .” The resulting post was a humorous look at what happened when I got locked out of my apartment.
I also once wrote a post prompted by "I can't believe I allowed this but . . ." . This piece was more serious, I discussed a choice I made concerning my children and the first time I took them to a funeral.
It seems that every time I get a prompt along these lines I have no problem coming up with another story. I’m not sure what this says about me. I’m not sure I even want to know.
What’s different about today’s prompt is that it takes it all a step further. This time I need to tell a story I haven’t told before, basically because of the reaction to what I’ve done. So in other words, you’re expecting me to embarrass myself. Thanks, Karen!
So I’m going to tell this story. But I hope I can trust you to keep this just between us . . .
This happened many years ago. My kids are in college now and I think at the time they were in first and second grade. I was picking them up after school and the line of cars was a nightmare. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who think the rules are for everyone else. Frequently I’d be in line in my car and some mother arriving late would pull up and try to squeeze her car halfway in between 2 other cars, completely blocking the lane everyone pulls out into once they’ve loaded their kids into their car. Because once I’ve got a car full of cranky, hungry kids, I really want to be trapped in a tin box with them, unable to head home.
Anyway, I’ve got a million stories like that and I bet you do too.
One day I was in the line along the curb with, of course, a car just ahead of me and a car just behind me. The kids were getting out of school, parents who’d already collected their kids were starting to drive out via the lane to my left when suddenly the car behind me starts to honk.
I look in the rearview mirror and there’s a dad in the car. He’s got his kids in there and he’s obviously anxious to get home but he can’t pull out because he’s parked pretty much up against my bumper.
He sees me looking and honks again. Seriously? I’ve got a car in front of me, my kids hadn’t made their way to my car yet, what did he think I was going to do, pull out without my kids to accommodate him? So I sat there and waited for my kids. And he, every now and then would make an exasperated face and honk his horn.
Now here’s the first part I’m a little embarrassed admitting. I was so pissed off at this guy that once my kids did get in the car, I put my left blinker on like I was pulling out, turned my wheel all the way to the left and moved up a bit like I was pulling out, then proceeded to let every single car in the lane beside me go ahead of us. Usually people merge in but no, I let them ALL go first. I let that jerk sit in his tin box with his cranky kids just a bit (OK, a lot) longer than he needed to. Karma’s a bitch, buddy.
Just as the guy looked like he was gonna swallow his damn tongue, just in that moment between honks and before I pulled out, I might have, possibly, maybe, just a little bit, made a hand gesture. I mean yeah, it was THAT finger but it was on the down low, and it was only for a second. People were driving, not looking at me. I’m sure no one noticed.
I got home and went into the kitchen to start making the muffins for breakfast the next morning when I heard brakes screeching out front. I went to the door to find two of my friends, eyes wide and jaws wider, walking into the house.
Mocha Breakfast Muffins
Yup, someone sure did notice. And believe me when I tell you I have never heard the end of that story. Every time one of these two friends do something that surprises me, they always remind me that it’s nothing compared to the time I gave that guy the finger in the school parking lot.
So, I can’t believe I flipped a guy off at my kids’ school and (almost) no one realized it was me. I will never tell because he reacted irrationally even before I resorted to using hand gestures and I am feeling . . . well . . . just a tad embarrassed.
I’m pretty sure my kids did not see what I did that day. Yet, once or twice I’ve seen one of them raise a certain finger when they thought no one was looking and I do wonder “hmmmm, is that on me?”
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Mocha Breakfast Muffins©www.BakingInATornado.com
1 stick butter
1 1/2 tsp instant coffee
2 cups flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
2 tsp powdered French Vanilla creamer
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup baking sugar or colored sugar
*Start to melt the butter in a small pan over medium low heat. Once the butter starts melting, mix in the instant coffee. Stir and melt butter completely. Set aside to cool a bit.
*Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place muffin cups in 12 cup tin or spray with non-stick spray.
*Whisk together the flour, baking cocoa, powdered creamer, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Mix in the mini chocolate chips.
*In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, vanilla, sour cream and milk.
*Pour the melted butter over the flour mixture, then pour the egg mixture into the bowl too.
*Gently stir until just blended. It'll be lumpy, don't over mix.
*Heap the muffin mixture into the muffin cups. Sprinkle with baking sugar. Bake for 20 minutes or until the center springs back to the touch. Cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes before taking out the muffin cups or gently running a knife around the edges and removing the muffins from the pan.