Last Updated on March 20, 2018

I think Forrest Gump said it best:  “Stupid is, as stupid does.”

And yes, we are not supposed to say stupid in our house—ignorant is preferred.  But on this occasion … well, stupid describes it.

Do you always park your car in the same spot at home? So do I. Well, obviously not always.

Therefore, as hubby backed out of the carport, how was he to know that my vehicle was back there? It was not directly behind him, it was off to the side a little—just enough that he totally didn’t know it was there. That is, until he slammed into it.

Here’s the tough part—our children were in the car with him. He got out of the car and from inside the house I heard what sounded a lot like someone shouting loudly with duct tape over their mouth.

I must confess that as I opened the door to see what was going on, I initially wanted to laugh. Here’s this man, frustrated and mad at himself, trying not to lose it in front of his children. The muffled sound of extreme agitation continued even when I was standing right next to him patting him on the arm and looking at the damage to my car.

He looked at me, totally despondent and said, “Sorry.” I looked up, smiled and said, “Honey, it’s just a car, we both messed up, I shouldn’t have parked it there.” He then smiled and tried to shake if off. We looked towards his car and our two children were staring intently. Life lesson.

Later that night we discussed how the children learned a lesson:  we all make “stupid” mistakes, we all get angry and frustrated over our mistakes, but in the end … it’s just a car, and we learn from our mistakes.

Note to self: Save this blog and be sure and hand it to hubby some day when one of our children smashes one of our cars—have duct tape in hand, he may need the real thing then!

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  1. I think this husband handled this remarkably well:-)

  2. Paula Dumas says:

    'Stupid' is also a dirty word in our house, along with 'idiot' and 'imbecile' and anything else that connotes huge disrespect for one's God-given intelligence. Glad I'm not the only one who occasionally deserves these ugly labels!
    Another great use for duct tape …

  3. Tracey Lanter says:

    I'll buy you a roll for your glovebox…if you buy me one! 🙂