Remember that last post I just wrote? The one with the cool spread sheet that clearly detailed our driving schedule for play practice? The one that was so nicely laid out that, surely, it would work like a charm?
Well, herein lies the pitfall. While we can do everything we can to be as organized as possible; while we can make pretty, little spreadsheets to help us along the way, some things are just out of our control and we have to have the grace to just roll with it.
Let me explain. We planned out our Sunday morning so that both families that needed to car pool together would be going to the same Mass that morning. At the conclusion of Mass, the appropriate people would hop into Ms 18 yo's car and off they would go. The timing was such that they would be about 30 minutes EARLY. Did you catch that? EARLY.
That is until Ms 18 yo's car was running a little warmer than usual. Of course, my husband was not with us this morning as he had gone to an earlier Mass and then scooted out of town for the day. We consulted via cell phone (what DID we do without those???) and decided she could go on her way and just get some more coolant when she stopped for gas.
Except that's not how it worked out. About 10 minutes down the highway, her temp gauge shot up close to the red zone. Yikes. Well, suffice it to say that we were able to get her the coolant she needed, get back to her car on the highway, put in the coolant (all still dressed in our Sunday best, mind you) and get them to practice 10 minutes LATE.
Now, some might scoff at all that planning and say, "I told you you don't need to plan so much". However, had we not been this organized and had that much lead time built in (which, believe me is not always the case, so God knew what He was doing here!) they would have ended up being much later than 10 minutes.
It was a good reminder, however, of the need for flexibility...and a lot of grace! Hopefully the rest of the schedule runs more smoothly.