You will know this is a true story because who would/could make this up. My day today –
My drivers license expires in 3 days, so I set this morning aside to renew it. I drove 20 miles further than the DMV close to me, because there is never a line. I walked in and was immediately waited on. The gentleman looked at my items and said “you need a photo card. Where is your photo card?”
I’ll be 100% honest here (I did not tell him this, and feel a bit guilty) – I might have thrown it away. I’ve had stacks of forms & papers on my kitchen table, and I might have decided I didn’t need it and put it in the recycle bin. He told me I had to go the DMV 10 minutes from my home to get the “photo card”. I left annoyed, because that DMV is always packed and slow.
On my way home I stopped at the local hospital’s thrift shop and found a really cool crystal light, which was exciting, but not enough to dispel my annoyance.
I came home and had lunch. I was waiting for a painter who was due at 1 to give me a quote. While I waited I debated with myself over whether or not I should go to the correct DMV after he left. He showed up, talked to me for a bit, then promised a quote next week. After he left, knowing it was before 2:30 so the teenagers wouldn’t be there, I decided now was better than tomorrow and I took off for the DMV.
I went in, got a form to fill out and was given number F565. As I completed the form they called F554. Ugh. I scrolled through my FB feed, then closed my eyes and focused on breathing. After 40 minutes I was called to the 1st window. This was the woman who would print my “photo card”. She was mean. Nasty, surly, mean. Usually this behavior bothers me, but today I thought “I have no idea what her life is like, so I won’t judge”. She printed out my form, snarled at me to sit again and wait, and I gave her a smile and a thank you.
In about 5 minutes I was called to the photo area. The woman there was lovely. She smiled, was polite and asked if I wanted more pictures after the first one. Here’s the thing – the first one wasn’t bad. This is very unusual for me. Within 10 minutes I had my new license. I compared it to my pic from 4 years ago and it might actually look better!
As I walked out the door I noticed a thrift store in the same shopping center. I went in. I am in the process of surrounding myself with things I love, after having ditched so much of what I had accumulated during my unhappy marriage, so I always stop in thrift stores.
An Aside: I have all boys. Boys = destruction. If you have more than 1 boy, you have a choice to make – 1 – you can pack up every breakable items you own & not take it out until they are 25, or 2- you can accept the fact that they will break everything. My boys did not fail – they broke everything.
I have the remnants of a set of everyday dishes that, while dating back to my wedding, I still love. Missing though, was every salad plate. I often use this size plate, and am forever adding to the collection as plates break, so I was eyeing salad plates when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw My Plates! Six of them! Salad size. If I replaced them online I’d pay $6 each, but today I got 6 of them for $6.00!
But that’s not even the best part!
I’ve been searching for a sofa I will love. This morning on FB I saw one that I thought might fit the bill. It was located at Sweet Dreams Furniture, which, according to google, was about 50 minutes from my home. I had already decided to spend tomorrow afternoon trekking out there to see what I could find.
As I left the thrift shop though, I saw a sign across the street saying “Sweet Dreams Furniture”. I thought it must be a mistake, because my google search had not revealed this store so close to my home, but I drove across the street just to see. I parked and there I was, staring at the storefront of Sweet Dreams furniture store.
Honestly, I wasn’t impressed. I almost didn’t go it, it seemed so seedy. But, since it was only 3:30 and my son was at the gym, I decided to pop in and see if they had the sofa I’d seen. I walked in the door and turned right (did you know this is a “thing”? Research says most people look to the right when entering a store!). Right in front of me was the statue of a lion.
Back story – when I was growing up my grandfather had cement lions in front of his home. When we went to visit I always sat on those lions. I remember little else of him, but I’ve always had a fondness for lions. About 10 years ago I read that Lions, when placed in front of a home, offer “protection”. I decided I wanted Lions in front of my house. I spent about 5 years searching but came up empty. The one’s in my price range were made of cheap resin, and they were usually laying down, which dilutes their power – if you believe in that stuff. The nice ones, in which they lion was upright and the material was sturdy, were never less than $300, way out of my range.
Yet there, today, I was staring at an upright Lion, with a full roar, in a beautiful color. My 1st thought was that it was Resin, but when I tried to move it I could not make it budge. My next thought was that it probably cost a fortune and I walked away. I wandered through the store and saw a few other Lions, each a bit different in color, and decided to ask the cost. Imagine my shock when I was told $85!!!
So my day ended with my victorious drive home with my new Lion and 6 plates, and a smile on my face. And a decent drivers license photo. Who gets that?
At any point today I could have gotten miffed and decided to spend the day on the sofa. When my GPS took me 20 minutes out of my way for the 1st DMV, I could have gotten pissed off and just gone home. When I was told I couldn’t get my license there I could have had a tantrum and stomped out, crying the whole ride home. Faced with the decision of the long wait at my local DMV I could have said “screw it” and taken a nap. After spending an hour at the local DMV I could have decided I was too tired and angry to go shopping. After finding the salad plates I could have thought “don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” and gone home. I could have pulled into the parking lot of the furniture store and thought “yeah…….no” and left. Once in the store, I could have assumed the lion was too expensive and not asked, driving home feeling sorry for myself.
How crazy is it that 10 years ago I wasn’t sure I wanted to be alive, yet today I had an amazingly great day. Exhausting for sure, but so totally worth it.
I don’t know what tomorrow will bring but tonight I am happy.