My family and I moved to Florida when my daughter was just 5 months old and lived there for about a half. Shortly before we moved, my husband bought a Cadillac that, even then, was nearly 10 years old. For the most part, it worked fine. There was just one small problem: The car’s automatic locks were really finicky and they’d sometimes lock and unlock on their own.
One day, my husband and I headed out around lunchtime with our infant daughter strapped into hear car seat. We parked and he got out of the car to go run an errand, leaving the keys in the ignition and the car running. After waiting for what felt like a long while at the time, I got out of the car to stretch my legs. No big deal. Except that I closed the door behind me.
I realized my mistake immediately, and as if the universe were echoing my moment of stupidity, I heard the locks in the car doors engage. With the car running with my husband’s keys in the ignition. And my infant daughter still strapped into her car seat. And my spare keys inside my purse in the now locked car.
At least the air conditioning was on.
My husband came outside about 30 seconds after I locked myself out of the car, just as I was looking up a locksmith on my cell phone, which was — thankfully — still in my pocket. The locksmith took maybe 5 or 10 minutes to arrive, but it felt like an eternity. All I could do was play peek-a-boo with my daughter through the car window in the meantime.
By the time he finally arrived, I was a nervous wreck. But my nerves quickly turned to embarrassment when he realized there was a baby locked in the car. He delivered sympathetic words, but I couldn’t help feeling like the worst mother in the world. And that feeling turned into a laugh out loud moment when, 30 seconds later, when the locksmith had unlocked the doors and freed me from parental purgatory, we found my daughter laughing her head off.
The whole thing turned out to be one really expensive, nerve-wrecking joke.
I’m sure every mom has at least one similarly hilarious moment in their arsenal. Well, finally, you can use those stories to your advantage.
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Disclosure: I am a member of the Walmart Moms program. Walmart has provided me with compensation for sharing the Hilarious MOMents contest and my own hilarious story with you. Participation is voluntary and as usual, all opinions are my own.