Illegal Improvisation

Thursday, March 28, 2013

     car seat #1

We only have one car seat.  I was advised to register for two car seats, but I only registered for one.  This means that we* have had to move the car seat from one car to the other on several occasions, the most recent of which was(n't) yesterday: 

I prepare Poppy O. for her day at SMU Preschool and Childcare Center.  Bottles, socks, pants, top, squeezy food - I get all this stuff either onto The Pop-Tart or into her little green backpack.  
little green backpack
I scoop everything together: my totebag in which I tote my school books, my large/heavy purse, the little green backpack, and Poppy (can't forget Poppy).  We head out the door.    

We get into the elevator, we look at ourselves in the elevator mirrors, we get out of the elevator and we walk to the Fiat.  I open the back hatch to put everything down and to put Poppy in her car seat.  But the thing's the thing: there is no car seat in the back of the Fiat.  Normally there's a car seat, but today there is no car seat.  

Then I remember that Matt had Poppy pick-up duty yesterday.  I look down again.  Yep, all that remains in the car seat's vacant spot is Poppy's Curious George (monkey). 

I pause for about 2 seconds in order to ponder the following:

Summoning the courage of my conviction, I calmly put our things in the trunk and take Poppy up to the front.  I put Poppy in the passenger seat, fasten her safety-belt, and hand George to her.  Then I walk around to driver's seat, get in, and carefully drive away.      

car seat #2
(we should have bought car seat #2)

And now a word on the law:
(Poppy will be 1 year old in two weeks)

Child Restraint Required
unless indicated, # refers to Yrs.(Lbs.)
Adult Safety Belt Permissible
unless indicated, # refers to Yrs.(Lbs.)
Maximum Fine
1st Offense
<7 (and <57")Not permissible$25

*By 'we', I of course mean 'Matt'.  

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