Thursday, October 7, 2010

Simply Parking

This week's simple pleasure is going to be uncharacteristically brief.  For reasons which will remain unyakked, I have found myself eyebrow deep in an "assignment" which has consumed most of my waking hours since Monday morning. I could use your prayers.

I'm feeling tired
and drained
and a bit anxious because it's not finished yet.

And in the middle of it all, I had the need to go to
that place...
You know the one.
The place that steals my giggle.


But when I pulled Ebenezer into the very crowded parking lot, I had cause to smile. Right there... waiting for me as if it had my name on it was the coveted parking position. You know the one... It's the one right in front of the main door and just beyond all of the reserved signs.  I could hardly believe it. I breathed a word of thanksgiving.


 I pulled in,
 parked the car,
and I had *the moment*.


(That's as good as my parking gets.)

Now, if you're thinking that  my simple pleasure this week was finding the perfect spot at Walmart, on a day when both Walmart and Debbie were busy, you would be wrong. That's pretty pleasurable all right, but that parking space is actually not my simple pleasure.

I'm busy.
I'm tired.
And I'm 48.
So this week's simple pleasure was knowing that
on top of it all...
 I wasn't  parking in this one.



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49 comments:

Just Plain Tired said...

Yeah, that's one parking spot best avoided. ;)

Jane said...

That's too funny! Hope you feel more rested soon and good luck with your project,

Jane

Denise said...

Soooo funny! You can bet we're HAPPY to pass that spot at our age. (Even if I'm 50 and you are not...still too old for all of that). Made me laugh out loud. Really.

Joan said...

Debbie - thanks for the chuckle. I would NOT want to park in that reserved spot at my age either. Saying a prayer for you today. I saw you are teaching at a women's conference. Pray that God uses you to reach many.

Blessings,
Joan

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

LOL, yeah, I wouldn't be lovin that space either. I hope your tired and anxiousness passes quickly - get some rest, you'll feel better.

Jennie said...

Hahahaha! I love it!

I will tell you what...that spot has caused a rift or two between that husband of mine and me. Even when I'm beyond pregnant I outright refuse to park there. Sam thinks this is ridiculous. Either way, I genuinely relate. I don't want to park there right now either! ;)

Carol said...

Amen!
God bless your project and give you rest.
Debbie, I love reading your blog!

A Hopeful Heart said...

Well as one who has long walked the years of fertility issues, I would be more than happy to park in that spot...probably wouldn't, though, as I generally try to park as far away as possible so I can get that desperately needed exercise in my life. (Without a gym membership, I have to exercise when and where I can.)

Have a wonderful day!!

Hugs,
Patti

Dianne said...

Funny! But I am sorry to say that if I were a few years younger, no one would even question me about parking there. I think you get my drift!

elizabeth said...

I'm smiling big my friend! You made my day!

Lindy said...

Funny post. Great parking skills compared to mine! Thanks for visiting my blog - I really enjoyed yours as well!

Jo said...

Debbie,So funny!....I hadn't saw this sign before,too cute.
-Jo
-LazyonLoblolly

dee dee said...

How very funny! I have just lifted you up in prayer... may God grant you the energy you need to get through this week.
dee dee

Vanessa said...

Oh Debbie! I just keep likin' you more and more! :-) Do you have a love/hate relationship with Wal-Mart too? I told my husband that sometimes when I pull in to the parking lot I notice my shoulders sagging a little with defeat! I love the deals but don't love the lines and the madness that sometimes goes along with the good prices. Hope your week gets better and that you can find some pockets of calm in the midst of it all...I have a bad cold if that makes you feel any better! :-)
Vanessa

Dayle said...

Dear Debbie, all tired and worn out that you are, you succeeded in making me roar with laughter, and I think I love you for that. This was a joy from start to finish and whatever it is that has you tired and worn out, well, I'm praying for you today, my friend, and I'm honored that you took time out of your very busy week to attend my little party today. You rock!

Dayle said...

And what's this about a women's conference? Do tell.

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Here I am L-aughing, not L-aundary-ing, (spell check won't touch it) and wishing you lived across the street so I could dash over and help you finish your project! All my homework is done and turned in for this week...and I have a solid A, so I'm searching for ways to serve others and that is my simple pleasure!!!! You are just living right! Hugs your way....

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

OK, so I'm stoked about my A's...please delete the one from Laundry-ing and have a great day!

Janean said...

i laughed so hard!

ah the memories: stretched, cranky, having to wee-wee, swollen feet.

add to that having to walk miles in wal-mart - then go home and actually UNLOAD the stuff?

i need a cookie just thinking about it. :)

FrouFrouBritches said...

AMEN Sista! I sigh a hugh sigh of relief everytime I see a beautiful pregnant belly. Oh, how I love those little babies and I would love to smooch on one, but thank you Lord that I'm not pregnant! Praise God!

Um, Wal-mart stole my giggles this morning too. UGH! The lines in that place are HORRIBLE!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Sharon Kirby said...

Oh, TOO FUNNY!

Why am I not surprised at your parking ability (lack of) - it goes along with your delightfully "crooked" sense of humor!! :)

You know, even after I "officially" hit menopause, it still took a long time to get over fearing that Wal-Mart sign (if you know what I mean?!) There just comes a time in life when you're DONE wearing Omar's little "tents!"

Deb - YOU are my simple pleasure! (That didn't quite sound right, but you know what I mean...)

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh - you had me going - I didn't know where you were going - that was fabulous - and I couldn't agree with you more! Love it - love you!

sandie

Kathleen said...

I know exactly what you mean about the parking spot! Hope you get back to feeling good about things soon.

sarah said...

too funny....and Debbie....you got my prayers...Take gentle care of you...your worth it.

Linda said...

You're too funny...I hope you can get your project done and get some rest!

Mevely317 said...

This, too, shall pass!
I'm with you 100% on the silly thrill I get, discovering a prime parking spot. Great simple pleasure :)

Kelli said...

You have my prayers for strength to complete the "assignment!" I wish I would have parked in those spaces when I was pregnant, but I was always embarrassed. Not sure why...just didn't want to bring more attention to my big ol' self!

Sandy said...

Friend, I'm with you on that one!! I've been there three times myself, my duty is done!!! Thanks for taking the time to visit, sorry I'm so late getting back to you, it's jsut been a crazy day here. Have a blessed and safe weekend!
Sandy

Ms.Daisy said...

Debbie,
I'm so old that they didn't even have "those signs" when I was preggers! You really made me laugh out loud and I just loved your Simple Pleasure! Wal-Mart and I also have a love-hate relationship. Hope you get some rest soon and all your projects come out well.

~Jean

Ms.Daisy said...

Debbie,
Thank you so much for coming over and saying "hi" tonight - I know how busy you are with so much going on in your week! Everything will be okay, you'll see, don't be anxious for anything.


~Jean

Lynn Richards said...

Debbie,
Oh, yes and YES again!!!! Tired, busy, 48 and NOTpregnant. What a great outlook that is....Being 48 is enough!!!
xoxo
lynn

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Debbie, I think you would be so much fun to spend time with. You're telling me you are tired, busy, and anxious, but you can still find joy in a great parking place, and you can still make your readers laugh! Love your attitude. Hope you get past this stressful time soon. Saying a prayer for you now. laurie

elizabeth said...

Glad you liked my coffee poem. Sure, print a copy for yourself!
Love to you!
Elizabeth

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

OH!! Debbie, what am I going to do with you? You make my day, so I think I will keep you. So funny! Just love you gal!. I will be praying for you today.
Much love going your way.
Sue

Debbie said...

Debbie, I decided to stop and meet you and I am soo glad I did. HAHAHA You are too funny. Yes, that is the last place I'd want to be parking right now too...And btw, I DO think the perfect parking spot = a simple pleasure. Thanks for you sweet comments. Come back and visit any time. I am sure to do back here too. Have a great week-end. Blessings, Debbie

Gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

Very cute post. You made me smile. Thank you for the nice comment you left on my blog. When we can find joy in the small things we are happier. Your in my prayers.

Audra said...

Haha! You made me giggle! I'm hoping to avoid that spot for a bit longer this time around! Having a just-now 2 year old and a 4 month old - umm.... not so soon!

Manuela@TPOH said...

LOL!!! I so agree! I was just thinking about that subject the other day whilst standing behind a woman with a screaming child. I'm glad those days are over for me.

Manuela

nick said...

I've never noticed the expectant mother's sign at Walmart. Guess I'd have a tough time talking my way out of ticket if I parked there.

Christine said...

You had me going there for a minute.
Tired,drained,anxious but still showing your sense of humor. Way to go! You're covered with pray from me, also.

Manda said...

Praying that your giggle will not be stolen!!! :)

Trish said...

Debbie, you have a fantastic sense of humour-a great gift for joy! I've never seen a sign like that here in Australia. I wonder how many ladies park there hoping no-one asks!! Thanks for your very kind comments. I'm glad to have met you:-) Praying you feel wonderful again very soon,blessings..Trish

Graceful said...

Oh my gosh, you make me laugh! So glad you stopped by Graceful this week -- it's great to meet you here! And prayers for you for a restful, rejuvinating weekend...

bj said...

OMGosh...you have the cutest sense of humor..at 48, even the THOUGHT of getting pregnant, both my arms and legs would have fallen off !!
haaahhhaaa...
I just know you are gonna have a good day..

Kay K said...

Loved your simple pleasure I just joined this pass thursday and I am getting to read a few ...love your blog design ...flowers and wagons love them all

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOL OHHHH YEA baby !!! I once thought about having another baby when I was in my 30's (had mine VERY young...)and then realized that I would have to do that teen thing all over again. OH NO...never had THAT thought again LOL.
But the parking spot...now THAT is a treasure.
(())

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Man, front spot at Walmart, that should have been your simple pleasure, or better yet a miracle. Good luck with your project!

Carol

Evelyn S. said...

This is the most delightful post!!! Precious!

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