THEY say, “All roads are paved with good intentions.” First off, who are THEY … and why to THEY always have so much to say? OK, never mind, I really don’t care, HA!
Anyway, this quote insinuates that our outcomes may be far off our original goal of doing good. Not necessarily by our own choice but often by happenstance. Well, I’m not sure about everyone else, but my intensions are usually for good … and no matter how hard I try things do not always go as planned … like my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this morning. All I can say, is that I am thankful Sid and Libs stopped videoing before the real craziness began.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and in the spinal cord. It is a progressive disease, that sadly, results in death. As a social worker (and a human being), I am down right tickled by the response the ASLA has received because of this simple, yet ingenious, idea to bring about awareness for ALS. I am so happy for them and anyone who has been affected by ALS. My hope is that they reach their goal to “Create a world without ALS”.
Last night I was “nominated” to participate in the challenge by my cousin’s husband. So I had 24 hours to complete my ice bucket challenge and nominate others to do the same. Sadly, California is in a terrible drought so I really thought long and hard about how to do this. I wanted to participate and do my part but also didn’t want to be wasteful with water. So I devised a plan. Since I LOATHE being cold I decided I would go to yoga class then come home (hot and gross) and do the challenge on the deadest part of our front lawn. We haven’t done much to water our lawn lately, other than the few moments our sprinklers still turn on in the early morning hours. The heat has been pretty intense and we often need to water more frequently to keep the grass green, but with the drought, dead grass is fine by me. After I was “ice bucket-ed” I planned to take a super QUICK shower to clean up afterwards. Everyone wins … or so I thought.
The plan was that Sidney would shoot the video and G3 would have the honor of dumping the water over my head. He added extra ice right before just to make sure it was cold enough … lovely. Libs would also shoot video just in case something went wrong with Sid’s video … because I wasn’t doing it again. Then I would run into the shower only having to be cold for just a few moments.
Well here is how it really went down. Reese decided she wanted to wander around the front yard as all of this was going on and not stay next to Sid like we had hoped. My fear was that she would accidentally get splashed with the cold water. She seemed to be staying out of our splash zone so we preceded.
I was drenched with the coldest water on earth, my dead lawn was watered and awareness about ALS would be brought to my little worlds on both Facebook and WordPress. It felt great!
THEN that whole road paved with good intentions took a turn for the worse. Everyone stopped shooting video and we started to wrap things up outside so I could run into the house to take my warm shower. As I got to the front door with Reese I smelt something unpleasant.
Not, “Oh poop!” It was actual POOP.
To my horror, not only did Reese step in dog poop, but so did Sid. Neither of them realized this until we were all standing in the entry way of our house … where I almost had a heart attack!
Since we have lived in this house there has NEVER been dog poop on our lawn. NEVER. But of course, TODAY, the day I have racked my brain to secure bringing awareness to a great cause without being wasteful or harmful to our environment … a FREAKIN dog poops on our lawn. AND not ONE, but TWO, of my kids step in it, track it all the way up our walk and into our house.
SO MUCH FOR SAVING WATER TODAY PEOPLE!
Oh and that QUICK shower of mine … was LONGER THAN EVER. You critics out there can try taking a fast shower after enduring the ice bucket challenge and cleaning up POOP for 30 minutes all while wearing the soaking wet clothes you took the challenge in!
If I am fined … so be it. I’ll find the dog’s owner and make them pay it.
Good intentions … yep … and HUFF!!!
Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t cold and stinky!!!