When my in-laws were here, they offered to take the kids swimming and let us go on a date. If I could have said, “Yes” any faster I would have. It is tough to find time to go out alone as a couple.
I readied the girls’ swim bag, including everything I could think of. I handed my husband my keys and asked him if he would arrange the car seats back in the van and then give my keys to his dad. As my father-in-law was going out the door, I told him that Jason would give him my key ring that held my house key as well as the keys to the van. “Great,” he said. “Don’t feel like you have to hurry back.” Off they went with the kids, and off we went on our date.
We had a great time but didn’t really want to stay out late. We don’t get that many opportunities to spend time with Jason’s parents, and we treasure every minute.
When we got home, there in front of the house were my in-laws and kids sitting on towels in their bathing suits, eating McDonald’s meals. “Having a picnic?” I asked thinking they were sitting there for the fun of it. The back yard does contain our very large dog, after all.
“Well, yeah, this worked out great. The kids are loving eating out here, but, uh, we couldn’t get in the house,” said my father-in-law.
“Didn’t Jason give you the keys?” I asked incredulously.
He pulled them out and handed them to me. They were Jason’s set of van keys–without the house key! He had taken my set, opened the van, and shoved them in his pocket while he rearranged the car seats. Then he handed his dad his set of keys instead of mine.
Oh how I laughed! Sometimes things go wrong even with the best of planning and preparation. I was, however, glad that we hadn’t decided to stay out late!
Ironically, later as I was cleaning the swim bag I found my spare house key in the pocket. I laughed all over again when I found it. There they sat thinking they could not get in the house and all along they were holding within their grasp exactly what they needed, but didn’t know it. Sometimes in life we hold the key to make or break a situation and we don’t even know it!