Thursday, May 10, 2012

Penny Gets Peeved

You know those old cartoons that show someone getting pissed off, and you can hear the sounds of a steam engine, and suddenly steam starts pouring out of the person's ears and nose and mouth until the top of his head flies off?


Well, that was me yesterday due to some unfortunate carpool angst. Which is so asinine, it's not worth getting into. But the interesting thing about this situation is that 1.) Even though I knew I shouldn't, I still wrote a pissy-ass email to all parties involved, and 2.) Even though I thought it over for exactly 3.2 seconds, I still hit the send button, and 3.) I felt no remorse whatsoever, because I was in a somewhat combative mood, and 4.) I waited for the fall-out.

And I waited and waited and waited. And then I got an aborted message email from Comcast. My mail server had been down for an hour, and the pissy email I sent was lost forever.

So, I figured God was trying to tell me something. Don't lose your cool. Don't be an asshole suburban mother-carpool chauffeur. Calm down before shooting off pissy-ass emails. I don't know? Something like that.

In the meantime, I laughed and sent a fairly friendly one-sentence email instead.

Moral of this story?

The kids should take the freakin' bus?

My daughter, who noticed how stressed out I was (the steam pouring out of my head, intense and creative bouts of cussing, and me screaming "I'm stressed out!"), said...."Can't you take a pill for that?"

And I said, "There is a pill for that, but I don't take it. Maybe I should."

And Nat said, "You're a great mom." And then she hugged me and patted me on the back.

And then all was right with the world, and the steam engine rattled away for the night.

Thinking I might need a pill for that,


Unknown said...

LOL Apparently that email wasn't supposed to be sent.
Gotta love kids, they know how to make mom smile. :)

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Penny, Let me give you a little friendly advice from the 'Burgh. Always write what you are feeling at the time, but then really take time to decide whether you should send it or not. I worked in a law firm for almost 17 years and my boss would dictate a nasty letter to someone and I would type it up and then he would let it sit on the corner of his desk usually overnight. Sometimes it would be trashed and sometimes it would be sent. Overnight is probably too long in your case, but it is sort of like craving your favorite cocktail or chocolate and substituting something else when you can instead of having those extra calories.;>} The computer saved you and your daughter is a thoughtful person. You can drink to that, Penny. Happy Mom's Day a bit early! xxoo Nancy

Penny Watson said...

You're right, Amber. The forces of nature were looking out for me, I guess. ;^) My daughter gives the best love pats!

Penny Watson said... are sending extremely good advice from the Burgh. Thank you! I usually write the mad emails and delete them. Evidently, yesterday I was feeling more steamy than normal. But fate intervened, as it were. My daughter is a sweet pea.

NoraA said...

Yes dear daughter, there is a pill for that, and if I'd taken it you wouldn't be here.

Not the right answer but the snarky one I have in my head for every time one of my four made me want to kill them.

They are married now, and all have headaches of their own.

LadyRed said...

I am going to go out on a limb and guess that some other member(s) of the carpool bailed when it was their turn to drive and that it happens more frequently than is convenient and since you are the nice person you are you got stuck with driving duty yet again. Even if that is not the case, I am sure that you had a justifiable reason to be upset and stress tends to cause us to act in the heat of the moment rather than when we have had time to mull things over and react without the emotions attached. Isn't it funny how our kids can easily defuse us though? I can't count the number of times that I've gotten po'ed over something totally petty and infantile (albeit devastating and imperative at the time it happened or so it seemed to me) and my kids will always throw Bible verses in my face and it's really hard to stay mad when you have James 1:19 running through your head: "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry" LOL!

Penny Watson said...

Hee hee....good one, Nora!

Penny Watson said...

Hi LadyRed! Things that get me out of a bad mood....

1. My dog Lucy
2. Listening to really great 1980s music.
3. Love pats from my daughter and son.
4. When my husband makes me laugh at myself.
5. Dark chocolate and red wine.
6. Looking at pictures of lumberjacks.

Who needs prozac? ;^)

anny cook said...

Hugs are the best pills...

Penny Watson said...

Anny, you are right. There is nothing better than a good hug. Not a weak, half-hearted crappy hug. But a really awesome bear hug. And when my daughter hugs me, she pats my back reassuringly with her teeny little hand and it's like heaven. ❤

Julia Rachel Barrett said...

You don't need a pill, just reassurance from your child that you are loved, and you are a great mom! So sweet!

Penny Watson said...

About 30 minutes after all the sweet love from Nat, she yells to me from the living room...."Hey Mom! Remember when I was really nice to you?" "Uh huh" "Well, can I have a chocolate cookie?"


Tales of Whimsy said...

Awwwww cute story :)

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Juju! :^)

Nina Pierce said...

Even though you know it's wrong, sometimes it feels so damn good to write that pissed-off email and hit send. Glad the universe intervened for you. The fallout prolly wouldn't have been worth it.

And those kid hugs are the best! Happy mom's day to you, Penny.

Penny Watson said...

Thanks, Nina. Same to you! I usually have one incident a year (or so) where I send a pissy email. And then I regret it. This time Comcast saved my arse!

Dalton Diaz said...

Raising hand.
I agree with all of these things. And the Prozac. (g)

Penny Watson said...

Hee hee...hi DD! Whatever works, that's my motto!