Inconvenience store.

October 12, 2011

When our older daughter was born, I left her and my wife sleeping peacefully at the hospital for a few hours so that I could run home and clean up our (then) apartment.  With some help from my Mom we cleaned, replaced bathroom mats, cleaned, changed sheets, cleaned, wrapped a couple surprise presents, and cleaned some more.  When it was time to bring the baby home the next day, my wife was excited to see everything ready for the baby.

I was happy.  She was happy.  The baby was happy.

We were all happy…

…until we discovered that in my cleaning frenzy I had managed to throw away the breast pump.  Other than the baby herself, this was the worst thing I could have lost that day.

Oh, and we didn’t notice this until about 2:00 AM.

I made a mad dash to Walmart for a replacement.  If you were interested, it turns out that Walmart stocks about 10 thousand types of breast pumps.  Not one of them looked remotely like the one we had owned earlier that day.  Dazed with sleeplessness, overwhelmed by the idea of fatherhood, and desperately trying to make amends for losing the breast pump, I made my choice.

Our original pump was manual, simple, and very non-threatening.

The pump I chose at 2:00 AM that fateful night was electric, complicated, and looked like an angry Texas Longhorn.  It was the most unnatural/uncomfortable/unholy double-barreled contraption I have ever seen.  Yet I chose it out of the myriad of others.


I have no clue.  All I know for sure is that it has been almost 5 years since that day and I’m happy to say I can laugh about it now.

Maybe in a few more years my wife will too.



  1. The last sentence indicates that it’s not a laughing matter yet for your wife, but I do hope one day she will see this just the way you see it now 😀
    But why did you draw 7Eleven and not Walmart in your drawing?
    And, BTW, I have nominated you to receive Versatile Blogger Award! Check out my blog and if you are willing to participate, just follow the three simple rules mentioned there.. Thanks 😀

    • I was being a bit facetious – she really does laugh now.

      Thank you very much for including me on your list of Versatile Bloggers! I feel very honored. I will participate in a future post! Thanks again.

  2. I love the “inconvenience store” drawing!

    • Glad you enjoyed it. Judging by your username, we both like to doodle…

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