I go through most of my days hoping for a really minimal amount of success. Did I remember to feed my children today? When was the last time I saw the dog? Did I just step in water or pee? (Please God, let it be pee! I can't afford another house flood!)
But every once
in a while, I have a moment of pure brilliance. A moment where my
education outshines my flightiness and I rush to the phone to call MENSA
and seek admission amongst their elite ranks.
For me, this
happened a few months ago when the snow finally melted and we crept back
into our motorhome to assess its condition and readiness for the summer
camping season. It held up well over the winter, save for one
resourceful mouse that found a warm kitchen drawer to call home, and a
section of flooring around the door that was beginning to break down and
would soon need to be replaced. We found a carpet specialist who
agreed to work in the cramped quarters of the motorhome, and as we
discussed some basic renovations, my genius began to show itself.
could see the big picture; wood flooring, neutral furniture, and a cool
color palette with red accents that would reference the retro, classic
feel that has become synonymous with Airstream. And although the
process was anything but easy, I was excited to see that the vision I'd
had for the vehicle was coming to fruition. I wanted to text a picture
to the folks at MENSA and share my victory with them. I was sure they'd
be so appreciative.
I would dye them. Except I'd be so awesome at it that they'd say I killed 'em.
considered a lot of colors, but in the end decided to do something a
little daring and make them black. Not only would it be effective in
blocking out the early morning sun, but black would likely be the best
option for ensuring that all eight thousand curtain panels looked evenly
dyed. We purchased the bottles and there they sat, on the laundry room
counter that I successfully painted in another moment of inspiration.
And sat. And sat.
despite my confidence, as I placed the the uniformly colored and
saturated fabric panels into the dryer, I felt that MENSA might be
rejecting my application after all.
Maybe it is because I forgot to wear gloves.