Ever since we sprang forward last Sunday, the chaos factor in my life increased tenfold.
It all started with a phone call late in the evening from a close relative, freshly beaten and hiding in her yard, having been locked out of the house by her live-in boyfriend. My husband and I rushed to her aid, called the police, and spent the night sitting up talking, planning, reassuring the victim and keeping each other from returning to the house and retaliating on her behalf.
Monday I worked ten hours so I could leave work early on Tuesday to take my relative in to replace her driver’s license, clothing and personal care items, and assuage her sense of despair.
By Wednesday my husband and I had conferred and agreed to use our recently received tax refund to give her a “do-over”, and presented her with the option of travelling to Alaska (this isn’t as random as it seems–we have all kinds of cousins, aunts and uncles there) and seeking a summer job.
On Thursday I made the travel arrangements: $1500 later, we have a concrete plan and an excited passenger, ready for take off next Thursday morning. Assuming she receives her photo ID in the mail by then, as she’ll need it to board the plane…
Next week will be similarly hectic, as I have a speaking engagement Wednesday evening, an airport drop off at 5am Thursday morning, and I’m flying to Europe Friday afternoon!
I can’t help but wonder if we didn’t observe daylight savings time, maybe the whole world wouldn’t have lost its balance.