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On Sunday afternoon, my sons were to attend a birthday party at the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans. I have to admit, I wasn’t feeling up to the 1 hour 15 minute drive, but I knew the boys were excited to go.
As we were heading out, my husband mentioned that the Saints game would probably let out of the Superdome around 3:30. We were going to be 30 minutes into the party at that point. No problem.
Well, big problem. We exited at the Superdome to get to the museum. The road I needed was barricaded. Before I knew where I was, I was back on Interstate 10, heading the wrong direction. Still, we’d left early. We had plenty of time.
I got back to the Superdome and asked a police officer at the barricades how to get to the museum with the road closed. He gave me some directions and I took off. Some street signs were down. I wove under and over Interstate 10, getting completely turned around. I ended up asking directions two more times then, you guessed it, the masses flowed out of the Superdome. We were stuck forever in traffic with the gas light on. The poor boys alternated between “When will we get to the party?” and “I just want to go home.”
I found gas at a cramped little station and spent 10 minutes pumping 6 gallons. At this point, we were fifty minutes late for a 90 minute party. Even though we were 1 mile from the museum, we had those Saints fans to contend with. I turned the van around and headed home.
4 hours in the van
2 disappointed boys
1 frustrated mama
3 gas station treats to make some part of the day special
I was not happy and felt terrible for the boys. I told them it was not one of the best days ever but not one of the worst, either (this was as much for myself as for them). As we drove home, listening to a book on CD, I was reminded for the thousandth time how I set the tone — intentionally or not — with my children.
How have you handled a disappointing situation with your kids?