So I normally pick E and his bestie, K, up after cross country practice.
Practice is over at 4:30 so I generally leave the house at 4:30 since they have to go inside and get their backpacks from the locker room. By the time I get there...they are just walking out.
It's Homecoming Week this week and they have dress up days all week and the school is trying to keep it as light as possible on the kids so they can have fun.
Well...yesterday I had a conference call scheduled for 4:00 and I was in my office waiting on the call doing a bit of prep work when E calls at 3:50 to say they got out of practice early and they were ready to be picked up.
So I get in the truck and initiate my conference call while driving.
I'm on the call when I pull up to the school and...no E or K where they should be.
So I circle the parking lot, still on the conference call and come back around.
They aren't there.
I'm on the call.
I do this three more times.
I recognize other kids from their team but yeah...no E or K.
So I park right up front facing the gym.
I see K walk up to the front and look out into the parking lot and I honk the horn.
Dude looks right over me.
He beep-bops off.
I'm on the call still and...I'm dressed as I would only be dressed if I planned on seeing no one in the world besides people in my own home. Orange and black shirt, red and black plaid loungy pants and rain boots which were by the door on my way running out of the house.
In other words...I wasn't trying to get out of my truck.
The time now says 4:15.
And I'm annoyed.
I put the call on mute, get out of my truck and go inside.
I don't see E or K but I do see Coach.
Me: Coach...have you seen E and K?
Coach: Yeah...they were just right here.
He looks around.
They aren't there.
And then we see both of them coming from ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the way down the hallway.
KEE-KEEING AND SHOO-SHOOING...
I'm still on the call.
They see me, run to grab their stuff and follow me out.
We head out.
I'm still on the call and now I can participate.
They know to keep quiet because I have my "business" voice on.
I pull up to the house as I'm ending my call.
Me: Both of yall get out of the truck, drop and give me 50.
E and K: Yes ma'am.
When they finish their 50 pushups I ask:
Me: Do you know why you had to do 50 pushups?
K: Yes. Because we weren't where we were supposed to be.
Me: Exactly. I don't work as your personal driver so I shouldn't be waiting on you. If you call and say you're ready to be picked up...I should be able to drive through the pickup line and you should be ready. Don't do that again. I mean really...do you see how I'm dressed? I was NOT prepared to have to get outta my truck.
K: Yeah...it's a good thing it's Wacky Day Ms. Monica. You kinda looked like you were one of the kids from school picking us up.
And I burst out laughing and couldn't stop cuz really...that kid is just as funny as E. We all laughed.
SIP: I bet your azz makes sure you're not wacky dressed from now on huh?
Does it annoy you when you pick up your kids and they aren't where they are supposed to be?