Friday, May 25, 2007

A series of unfortunate events
(or just my luck)
(or why am I so darn stupid sometimes?)

You may remember the brand-new scooter that Bria received for playing her violin at her school arts night. It was a great little scooter: Barbie, pink and green, totally sleek and girly. She practiced religiously for a few days and then she begged to be able to ride it to school.

So we let her. I walked along with the other girls in the stroller, of course. I was a bit concerned that we didn't have a lock for it, but when we got to the school and discovered only 1 of about 20 bikes and scooters was actually locked up, I decided to let it go. She happily showed it off to her friends during recess, but when Joel went to pick her up it was gone.

You knew that was coming, didn't you? So did I. I was uneasy about it the whole time and I don't know why I didn't just take the darn thing home with me after I dropped her off. So when Joel called from the school I knew that it was gone.

But there was a twist. Another scooter just like Bria's, but much more used, was left in its place. We initially just left it there, but when it hadn't budged after 9:00 that evening, we took it home with us so that it wouldn't be in danger of getting stolen. I was sure it was a mistake, that this girl just accidentally took the newer scooter and rode off into the sunset never realizing what she had done. I had written Bria's name on hers, so I hoped that someone would notice. Or, at the very least, she'd ride her scooter to school again and we'd just trade back. Right?

Wrong. Today is the last day of school and there is no scooter. I'm beginning to think it wasn't an honest mistake, but a dishonest way to get a new scooter. And I'm annoyed. At myself mostly.

And to top it all off, when I went to take pictures of Bria and her teacher this morning, I realized my memory card wasn't in my camera. Which was fine, since one was in my bag, except I didn't realize that when I took last day of school pictures of Chloe and her teacher. So, I took 4 cute pictures and don't have them. One of the downsides to digital cameras, my friends. Of course, if I was using my film camera, with my luck I'd be out of film and still miss the moment.

Unfortunately, my type of luck seems to be created by my lack of common sense lately.

Which is just my luck.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Ahhhhh, Lara! That just stinks! Who could be so selfish? well...never mind that question, I know the answer already...ANYONE THESE DAYS!!

    Sorry you had to go through that. {{{{Hugs!}}}}

  2. That totally sucks for B... but honestly, a good lesson for all involved.
    {deep breathing for you}

  3. Ugh..that does stink for Bria!
    Doesn't your camera have a self memory? My canon will store about 20 pictures without the memory card in it.....maybe you should look into that..not that it helps now but for the future.

  4. OHhhhhhhhhhh this whole post just made me sad.. :(... But you truly are LUCKY.. cause NO MORE SCHOOL!! YAY.. I LOVE when my kids are home from school!!!!!!! As a Scrapbooker I would have been TOTALLY heartbroken I missed those pictures.. and as a mom.. my bear claws would have come out about the scooter...... :(

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  6. Darn it about the scooter & the card! I am so sorry that happened. I hope your luck turns around very soon. :-) Have a good weekend!

  7. Good for people to know.