I thought that today might be the day because not only was the family schedule completely open, but the kids were driving me absolutely nuts as well. I’d been telling them for weeks now that I’d take them to the doctor to get flu shots if they didn’t start behaving. Little did they know though, that just like christmas, they were gonna get presents whether they were good or bad just like they were going to get a flu shot regardless of their behavior. I let the kids outside to play and told them that they had to stay in the yard like they were over-excited dogs, because that’s what they acted like most the time. It was only a matter of time before someone did something that seemed egregious enough that I could use it as an excuse to round them all up and get them in the van so I could take them down to the Urgent Care Extra in Litchfield. It was a Saturday so there was no way to get them into our pediatrician, in fact, in seemed impossible to get them into the pediatrician for anything that came up. It almost feels like you have to plan all of your illnesses ahead of time, like it was a vacation or something, in order to get seen within a reasonable time frame. That’s what I loved about the Urgent Care Extra in Litchfield, you didn’t need an appointment and they were able to assist with just about anything that a typical doctor’s office or hospital emergency room could. Those weren’t the only benefits of going to the urgent care, the normal wait time to see a doctor is usually around 20 minutes or less and they’re always kind and professional.
I walked upstairs to get dressed and while I was picking a shirt out in the walk-in closet, I glanced out the window to see what the kids were doing and then, there it was: my excuse to load them into the van and get them their flu shots. Justin was giving a Jack a boost so he could grab onto the drain pipe on the garage, it looked like he was trying to get on the roof. Little Joe was pushing Justin, who again, was giving Jack a boost. So, to me, everyone was doing something that they shouldn’t be doing and neither one of them could justifiably feel unfairly picked upon. I pull my shirt over my head and opened the window and screamed that every single one of them better stop what they were doing and get in the house in less than 10 seconds. I grabbed my shoes and walked down the stairs where I saw all three of them looking like dogs with their tails stuck between their legs. I told them that we were going for a ride and that they all needed to get in the van and put their seat belts on. I think they knew that I was taking them to the Urgent Care Extra in Litchfield and that their resistance was futile.