In Spring, Texas (Houston)...
I knew it was coming. Excited as I am that Mindy is expecting another grandson for me, it is a rite of passage that she will be having a baby shower, and Tyler and I will get roped into it somehow. (I have learned this one is called a "sprinkle," as she already had a shower for the first baby.) Now, with that information, I already know more than I wanted to know.
In preparation for this event, we have moved Phannie to Rayford Crossing RV Resort north of Houston to become a mobile command post for Sandy. This is a nice park, fairly close to Mindy's and Tyler's home, and Phannie will provide all of the support necessary for Sandy to fuss over the details. I will unquestionably be pressed into service as a chauffeur, fetcher or cook. (I enjoy cooking, but this sort of hobby can be a bit of a liability in times like this.)
After a multitude of phone conversations with Mindy, Sandy has decreed that I will drive them to Costco this morning. I thought about reminding them that both of them have valid driver's licenses and a GPS and could likely go there themselves, but years of experience have taught me that such a comment, articulated at this time, would not have had the desired effect of getting me out of this chore. In fact, it would have been downright counterproductive, as it espoused a plan that did not originate with, nor was it approved by, the command center. Knowing the futility of an appeal--especially when no appeal process exists--I cheerfully acquiesced. Too bad I don't have a chauffeur's cap; I would have worn it.
The trip was uneventful, except for seeing a serious accident that slowed traffic for about 15 minutes. As the last highly essential party item was checked by the cashier, it became clear that I was to have another duty added to that of chauffeuring: Toting the spoils of the girls' shopping crusade. It was now ever so much more clear why they insisted on my accompanying them. They could probably have done better than my weak back and weak mind, but I work cheap, and I show up when told.
I have already been informed that I will be a sous chef tomorrow morning and not to plan anything I might enjoy. Sir, yes sir!