Being a late person, I do like to get there early sometimes.
When I arrived a whole day early for a meeting to do with my stage school though, it was possibly a bit over the top.
I called Hubby and groaned. "You'll never guess what I've done.....It's tomorrow"
Five minutes later, he called me back. "It's ED's and ESOS's orthodontic appointments tomorrow."
My turn to groan. This meeting was really important for me.
"I'll take a day off."
I was very effusive with gratitude of course, and the big advantage to Hubby needing to take a day's leave the next day would mean that I would be able to stay for the whole meeting, instead of having to leave early, in time to collect Tinkerbell Mushroom and the Gymnast. Although I did wonder to myself a little. "I'm sure that the orthodontic appointments were the day after my theatre school meeting." I said. "No", said Hubby. "I have just rung up and checked the times.... As you asked me to...." "O.K." I said.
Of course I was forty miles from home, a whole day early for a meeting, and with several hours in hand before I needed to pick up any children, so I decided to go to Cribb's Causeway*. It being just down the road from where I was.
The thing is, which road it was down was possibly a little debatable.
Being slightly directionally challenged, so to speak, I decided it was on the M5. After a couple of miles I thought that maybe it was in the other direction on the M5. Pulled into the services. Checked a book of local maps in the shop. Found out which exit it was on and then came off the motorway (was fortunately very near an exit), and returned to junction 17 where I needed to be.
I didn't tell the family about my directional challenges. The getting the meeting time wrong by a day was enough of a family hoot for one dinner time.
So, this morning, I set off again for my meeting, and Hubby set off to the orthodontist's with the older two.
When Hubby rang me though, a little later, to tell me that they had got to the orthodontist's a day too early, I did, I confess, smile a little.
*Shopping Centre outside Bristol
4 weeks ago