so around socialmediaville, there is this meme of #firstworldproblems. in case you are wondering what that means, here are a few examples:
i have more clothes than clothes hangers
i bought new shampoo but i forgot to bring it into the shower
i forgot that i was watching a show that i had dvr’d…and i wasted time watching commercials
a song i like came on pandora but i accidentally hit “dislike”
i went to goodwill and they didn’t have anything cool
my diamond earrings keep scratching my iPhone
get it? things that we catch ourselves thinking or complaining about that in the grand scheme of things are absurd.
well, i had a killer #firstworldproblems experience last week. like, pathetically textbook. here goes…
ben and i met up with some family to pick out tile for a bathroom remodel project. we coordinated this with our date night so that we could just leave E with the grandparents and head out from our rendezvous point. i switched out the car seat and gathered up all E’s toys and her stroller so she would have her gear for the evening, just in case. after we completed the shopping experience, we all hopped into our separate cars to go about our various evening plans. ben and i dawdled a bit once we got in the car, making plans for our date. once we got around to starting up the car, all we heard were clicks. dead battery. we sat there for a moment deciding what to do. ben got out the iPhone and our AAA card and placed a call to roadside assistance. meanwhile, i searched on my iPhone for local auto locations for battery replacement. we were told that we had a 30 minute wait. and so, we walked across the parking lot to starbucks. we pulled out our starbucks gold cards and app and got ourselves two venti coffees. we sat at a little table, sipping coffee, listening to jazz, chatting, and instagramming. “stranded” at starbucks. totally throwing off the timing of date night. the AAA guy sent us a text to tell us he was here. after only 15 minutes. he jumped the car and we were on our way to grab a fresh battery. we called from the road and made an appointment. in and out with new juice in under 7 minutes. and then, off to dinner. two glasses of wine, appetizer, entrees, and dessert.
now, at the time, i was legitimately frustrated that our evening had been thrown out of whack. i actually made a few sassy remarks. and then, as i sat sipping my coffee…i took stock and chuckled at my ridiculousness. first world problems indeed. i am pretty sure that God smacked me upside the head in that moment. goodness gracious. our life is so good. our life is so filled with grace upon grace. and you know what? this realization truly helped me savor that evening’s moments that much more.