Let's face it, if you have little kids and are forced to take them to a place that is not set up for them to succeed, the waits will be long and everything that can possibly go wrong will.
Last week, while in the midst of voting, I lost my driver's license.
In case you have been living in a hole since 9/11/01 I will let you know that due to potential threats on our country and really bad problems with identity theft, regular non crimimal, non terrorist, legal citizens are facing ridiculous flaming hoops when procuring the very ordinary piece of plastic that is a Driver's License. Oh yes I had to proove my citizenship, my identity, my legal name change and my social security number... all on separate forms of identification. I also had to proove my current address from two different sources. What a joy.
However, tracking down all this paperwork was not half of the headache, because let me remind you of an itty bitty detail... I have a three year old. Oh yes, I have a three year old who is with me all day because his November birthday makes him too young to start preschool. Now don't get me wrong, I love having my little dude with me. He's my buddy and we have a blast. However, he is a little imp, has zero patience and is extremely loud. In other words, Jack and the DMV go together about as well as drinking and driving. To say going to the DMV with this child was a car accident, was an understatement.
Now the line wasn't insanely long, but Jack was out of control. I am talking in rare form. It was aweful. He was tearing around and screaming his head off. However, what was I supposed to do? I needed a license. I could come back later, but it would be more of the same. So I gritted my teeth and tried my hardest not to turn into psycho mom and I listened to the numbers inch up to our number.
At long last they were helping the lady in front of us and I was gathering up my documentation and preparing to be called next when I heard the announcement, "We apologize but the driver's license system just went down and we have no idea when it will come up. The last time it went down it was down about 2 hours. You are welcome to wait or come back later."
I will admit. I started crying. I did go to the window and checked to make sure my documentation was correct before leaving.
Determined to avoid this scene once again, I arranged for my husband to watch Jack while I tried again. I decided to make this as relaxing as possible and came prepared with Starbucks in hand and smartphone to Facebook.
Wouldn't you know it but I was barely in the door when one of 8 idle clerks called me to their window. I was out in 5 minutes. It is a conspiracy I tell you... a massive conspiracy.