And the Winner Is…..

I was not today but I certainly was yesterday. Confused yet? I would be for you have not had the pleasure of hearing the tale of the late ones.
Not sure if everyone recalls that I had made it a goal to have Tember to school no later than 9 a.m. And I was doing really well until now.
Back story to how this all came about: I was running later then usual and took the round-about a little quicker than I should have and yelled wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Tember looks at me and shakes his head. What? I asked fairly defensively. He has taken to making fun of me a lot……only right considering all the things I make fun of him about…..You have got to be the only parent that does that going around the corner. Well it is fun leaning like you are racing. Hey do you think that that is what late parents do? Race to not be the last? (There are a few of us) Okay Tember get ready undo your seat beat I will slowly roll while you fold and roll buddy we can’t be the last ones. Tember looks at me like I am absolutely nuts and gives me a kiss. This has now become a running joke with us. And seriously I cannot be the only one…..right?
In part the reason that I am getting later is sometimes I am writing. As was the case yesterday. Another part is brushing snow off the car. Again as was the case yesterday. Warm the car up in -30 C weather before being able to get out the door to take Tember to school. And I will say that yesterday was a doozy of a day. Cold and snowing blowing the car did not even warm up at all yesterday. I told Tember that I was fairly confident that I would not be the only parent dropping their kid off late……there had to be a few of us. And there were. But I get ahead of myself.
I pull in chortling because I am not the last vehicle. I can see three more cars come whipping around the round-about. But there is snow on the back window again so I have to get out and brush off. Tember shook his head and said oh god mom you are going to be that mom this morning aren’t you? I am guessing there is a mom like me every morning. You know that parent. Daring to make themselves visible to in coming classmates. He is lucky that I did not grab him and kiss him. Waved good bye and hopped back in car. As I drove away a couple of more cars in pulled to disgorge children. I giggled to myself as I pictured the other parents who now were not the last last cheering and punching air or dancing in seat or both chanting: I’m not the last one. I’m not the last one.
Well this morning I was most definitely the last one. I think. But in my defense it felt like -39 C. It was damn cold because even with having been plugged in my car had a really rough time starting. I start work later today so I plan to run the car a good twenty minutes before leaving. Will also have to run out on breaks and run car. These temps are hard on gas that is for sure but at least gas is now under a $1 so there is the silver lining there. We all bundle up. When you live in Manitoba you really cannot gripe about the weather…..we can always move.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s winner…..maybe it will be me!
Jan. 16/20

Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

A single hard working mom of a soon to be teenage son. A poet and story teller I have wanted to write since I was a child. This space is where I share stories about myself and my life and the creative poetry that stirs my soul. My hope is you will pull up a chair and a cup of coffee delving into the world that I offer and you find simple enjoyment for a few moments. Welcome to The Wonderful & Wacky World of One Single Mom

18 thoughts on “And the Winner Is…..”

  1. Oh my, I don’t know how you do it! I could not handle the cold…it seems to have been a common theme all over the internet yesterday if you read other posts. I even did a poem on Medium about it. And you have an electric car? That seems as foreign to me 80 degree weather in the middle of January must seem to you (of course that was 2 days ago, it’s cold 🥶 now!) and gas under $1??? Wow!


    1. No my car is gasoline but has to be plugged in over night to keep charge to battery. We woke up to -39 C (-38.2 F) and it is cold but it is relative. 60 more days til spring. This morning wake up temp is -15 that is a warm spring day around here 😂😂😂

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      1. Ugh, I hate winter, and I don’t even have to dig my car out of snow, we have a garage! Dave can’t fit his truck in but my little Honda fits perfectly. I’m a wimp to cold, it hurts my bones and I walk around freezing all the time. It was in the 40’s yesterday but I never got warm, I wore a sweater and a coat when I went out. Hubby just laughs at what a big baby I am, lol.

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      2. So your gas is more like $4 a gallon? Yikes! Is the cost of living higher in Canada? Maybe being a single mom it would be easier on you to move to a warmer, more affordable climate. 😊 Like in my state, or somewhere else in the south. Florida would be perfect!

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      3. I don’t think our cost of living is higher and there are some benefits to living here in the cold. I have a very good job with full benefits and paid vacation. Now though if I could win lotto and stay home to write that would be a slice of heaven for me. Unfortunately I can’t move to warmer climes given our custody arrangement. I would love to though move somewhere warm.

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      4. Oh, so you didn’t REALLY kill him, lol 😂
        Just kidding, I know you would never…except in your head maybe 🤣
        Keep trying to win the lottery and send your writing to paying publications!

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