â€œWhere have you been?Â I was worried!â€Â My husband, usually a calm and steady rock of a man, entered my car, omitted the kiss and greeting, and flung those words at me like tiny Ninja knives.Â His angst took me aback, and I pondered my response accordingly.
This past Sunday he sang in the choir at both church services.Â Fearing too much gospel and goodness would taint my impish ways; I attended one service and then left to buy groceries.Â Â Often, on Sundays like this, I get back before he is done with the second service.Â I park and read like a good wife until he wanders out, and then we get lunch.
However, yesterday the grocery store was oddly crowded and the checkout lines were slow and contentious.Â A cashier, in a half-apologetic way, said she thought customers were stocking up before the Vikings-Packers football game.Â Judging from the shopping carts around me, state rivalries are hungry affairs and need to be addressed with multiple varieties of cheese flavored, food-like items. Â I wasn’t wearing a watch, but given the sea of shoppers, suspected I was running later than usual.
After loading the groceries in the trunk, I headed back to church to pick up my husband. Â On the highway in front of me a SUV, pulling a trailer loaded with a mattress set, seemed inexplicably ominous.
As I drove along I noted the straps supposedly tying the mattresses to the trailer seemed, well, loose.Â A few miles later a chunk of something flew out of the trailer, bounced off the asphalt, and barely missed crashing into my car.Â I couldnâ€™t make out what it was, but it looked metallic and pulley-like.Â Muttering a â€œthank you for missing meâ€ prayer under my breath, I became wary of what might come next. It didnâ€™t take long to find out.
About a half-mile before the church driveway, the trailer gave a little zigzag and the upper mattress lifted off like a NASA rocket. I watched in disbelief as it did a half turn in the air and then floated, seemingly in slow motion, towards my car.Â All I could think of was that a huge, tufted, snowflake from hell was about to snuff out my car.
I swerved this way and that as it wafted towards me. Â Like one of those water tank games where you drop a coin in and try to control where it lands, the mattress was unpredictable in its descent. Â As much as I wanted to avoid the thing, I also wanted to make sure the cars behind me understood what was happening so they wouldnâ€™t get hurt either.Â I pumped my break lights and slowed.Â The mattress hit the asphalt and took an impressive bounce or two into the ditch. Â A moment later the SUV pulled over–“Hey honey, how many mattresses did we have on the trailer when we left home?”– while I swung around the milieu and into the church parking lot.Â I noted a car that had been following me pulled over to help the SUV reclaim the mattress.Â Nobody was hurt, but I’m guessing the rocket/mattress may have seen bedder, er, better nights.
My husbandâ€™s question hit me hard.Â â€œWhere were you? I was worried!â€ I paused, and then told him I wished he wouldnâ€™t worry just because I was a few minutes later than usual.Â â€œOh, and I was almost taken out by a mattress.â€
Note to selfâ€¦Maybe I need to start attending both church services.
Escaping a pillow top accident? It was the best part of my day.