I'm linking up with Dawn from Mom-a-Logues for What We Made Wednesday... not because I actually made anything spectacular... I'm just hoping to make the best of a not-so-great situation.... Let me explain...
The first year my parents lived here the three of us drove back to Rochester so my parents could have their income taxes done by the same person they had used for years. (It was a lot of work even back then... and that's when the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy didn't use a wheelchair and was able to make it to the bathroom in time 89% of the time.)
Last year, at tax time, my dad was still in the nursing home recovering from a stroke. So, just my mom and I went to get their taxes done.
On the way home I remember my mom saying that it would probably be a lot easier to get their taxes done in my town from now on. I agreed.
As of right now they don't own any businesses or property and so their tax return is pretty straight forward; in fact, I spent a couple years preparing tax returns... I could probably do their return...
Still, I thought this might just be a pleasant afternoon for my mother and me. But, as of yesterday, the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy decided he wanted to come along.
Really? Wouldn't you rather stay home and nap? You love your naps... and you could raid the refrigerator... and wheel yourself down to the lobby and delve into the candy bowl... Remember how much fun you had when we left you home last time? (Read about that here... except I don't know where the photos went...)
I'm trying to be positive... I'm trying to view this as an opportunity to serve my parents. But it isn't easy... I'm tired, achy, and overwhelmed with my exhausting life... It's probably going to be about a six hour adventure and there are so many details to think about regarding this little trip...
Here are a few things I have to figure out*:
- I have to plan out bathroom stops approximately every 20 minutes during the hour long drive. (There's one stretch of road where that's more than a little tricky.)
- I have be able to convince the diabetic, geriatric, bariatric, blind guy to use the bathroom before he feels he has to go... because by the time he relizes he needs a bathroom... there won't be one in sight.
- I have to make sure The Kit is stocked with: gloves, flushable wipes, bleach wipes, plastic bags, and air freshener.
- I have to make sure to have spare clothing along for each of my parents.
- I need to have a blanket for the car.
- I need to make sure my mom brings my dad's insulin.
- I need to make sure they bring their pills.
- I need to make sure my mom brings her tax papers.
- I need to make sure my mom brings her glasses.
- I need to fit two walkers and a large wheelchair into the car and trunk.
- I will have to load the 25 pound wheelchair into and out of the trunk about half a dozen times.
- I will have to load both walkers in and out of the trunk numerous times.
- I had to make sure the car was filled with gasoline.
- I had to make sure I had cash for the day.
- I need to bring along my phone.
- I need to remember my car charger.
- I need to grab my sunglasses.
- I need to bring along my bag that fits on the back of the wheelchair.
- I need all the things I need to get through the day... tissues, hand gel, lip balm, mints, etc.
- I need to bring along my sense of humor.
- I need to assume things won't go smoothly and just be pleasantly surprised if they do. And...
- I need to find my flask.
- I need to fill my flask.
Unfortunately, I'm the driver so I'd better leave the flask at home... Hey, Angsty Teen, wanna skip school and drive us to the tax appointment???
I may or may not be joking. Wish me luck. It's gonna be a long day.
*not an exhaustive list... just an exhausting one