Intent on walking the paths rather than gawking at animals, I packed light.
That means I took four things.
My zoo pass, my driver’s license, keys, and my cell phone. All were slipped into various pockets in the shorts I wore.
As I stepped out of the house, I hesitated and almost slipped back in for a moment.
I was leaving sans product…no pad…Instead…tampon. I quickly thought of the last time I had come across someone who was in need of product. It had been quite a while and I reasoned that this trip out would be no different than others.
So, I rushed out and drove off eager to make it to the zoo at opening time.
I had been at the zoo a total of 2 1/2 hours and was making my way back toward the entrance – had reached the halfway mark – when I noticed a couple heading my way. They were talking animatedly and she was upset.
At first, I assumed they were fighting, but as the distance between us closed, I was able to make out words.
- I don’t have anything with me!
- It wasn’t expected.
- What am I going to do?
- Yes! I LOOKED in my purse.
- No, the restroom doesn’t have any.
I automatically patted my hip pocket and when I found it empty, I reached for my front pocket. It was empty, too. And, no…there was nothing in my car.
I had nothing to offer her. NOTHING.
As she and her husband passed me, I felt a lump form in my throat and tears sting my eyes.
I knew better than to go out unprepared, but chose to do so anyway.
Period wise = period prepared.