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Carpooling can be great can’t it, allowing you to share the task of driving to work or in this case, take it in turns taking your children to events. But carpooling only really works if both parties can honor the commitment of providing transport when required.

Well, for the second time in a row, I found I had to impose on the woman with whom I carpooled to my son’s soccer practice.

Embarrassed, I phoned and explained that my husband had the car again, so I wouldn’t be able to take my turn.

She said it wasn’t a problem and agreed to take the kids to soccer practice in her car.

As you might imagine I was frustrated to see that literally a few minutes before she was due to pick up my son, my husband showed up.

Since it was too late for me to call and say I could take the kids after all, I asked my husband to hide the car in the garage and to stay inside. I also explained to my son that he shouldn’t mention anything about where his father’s was.

Unfortunately, my husband forgot and was standing in front of our house chatting with a friend when my carpool partner arrived.

When my son returned from soccer practice, I asked him if she had noticed.

“Yes”, he replied, “she asked me which of the two men in front of the house was my father”.

“What did you tell her?” I asked.

“Don’t worry Mon”, my son replied, “I told her I didn’t know”.

I would love to know how she explained that one away without digging herself an even deeper hole, or did she tell the truth? Hopefully she did the latter before the rumors started flying. Of course the poor old husband will get the blame for everything as usual. It’s always our fault isn’t it guys!

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