It’s 2 miles from Krispy Kreme to my apartment, but that certainly isn’t going to stop me from immediately opening that white box. It held The Boy’s favorite – chocolate covered Kreme filled. (yes, I know ‘cream’ is spelled with a “c” and an “a”, but they don’t.) And nestled right in there next to his – a powdered sugar-covered, strawberry filled. That’s Kat’s right there.
Left hand on the wheel, right hand sliding into the box, I pondered my crap week. As I approached a red light, my elbow bent, my powdered-sugar doughnut balanced on my slender fingertips, I wrestled with the great mysteries of life. Am I truly happy? Am I content? Am I using my life, my skill set, my desires to their fullest extent? Blue eyes searched the horizon as my mind stretched for some far-off, unseen answer. The human side of me noticed that the car’s interior was a little stuffy as the afternoon sun beat through my windshield. As the light changed to green, my foot slid from the brake as my left hand crossed over and turned the air vent on.
There are a certain few times in your life when you find yourself ensconced in a situation you don’t fully understand; all you know is, for the sake of your survival, you must take action IMMEDIATELY. I’m talking about that little adrenalin-fueled mental rush when something has just happened – maybe even something really painful – when the consequences of said action haven’t fully registered with you, but your body takes action on behalf of your muddled brain. You touch a hot stove, for example – you pull your hand away before the pain of the burn has even registered. It was such a moment in my car on that day we will call “Thursday.”
There was air. There was powdered sugar. All my brain knew was, I was being SANDBLASTED by powdered sugar and action must be taken. As my face was assailed by silky powdered air blasting my face, my mouth making a “pbbt pbbbt pbbt” noise like an outboard motor the first time you fire it up in the Spring, my evolved mind snapped through a series of possibilities. Do I lift the doughnut out of the stream of air? Do I take my left hand off the wheel again and turn the air off? Is the guy who was sitting next to me at the light laughing at me? Do I flip him off?
Within, oh, 2 minutes or so, my firefighter training shifted into gear and took control of the situation. I put the doughnut back on the box, shut off the air, and hit the gas. I couldn’t bear to look until I pulled into my parking space in front of my apartment.
A quick mirror assessment revealed that I was covered in powdered sugar from my nose to my waist. Oh, and I don’t mean in that “I just ate a powdered-sugar doughnut and I got a few sprinkles on me, aren’t I cute” way. I mean in a “I just opened a cocaine brick and dumped it all over myself” way. Irritation gave way to foreboding as my eyes drifted over to my doughnut. It looked like a plucked chicken, oozing its strawberry gizzards all over the half-closed box lid. Every non-microscopic particle of powdered sugar had been gusted away and unceremoniously deposited onto my sweater. I don’t know which one of us was more ashamed. To put it out of its misery, I shoved the denuded pastry into my mouth. Three bites and one of us was dispatched.
I didn’t bother dusting off my sweater before I went in the house; the sheer volume of powdered sugar made that endeavor pointless. In his excitement over the appearance of the coveted box, The Boy didn’t even notice my condition. I made dinner, I took a bath, I went to bed, disgusted with the world in general.
Then – guess what? Friday rocked. The rockage of said Friday to be written about very soon.
Next time – maple bar.