How To Hit A Deer With Your Minivan On Moms’ Weekend

  1. Drive four hours with your two best friends to the mountains for some kid-free mom time skiing on the slopes.
    1. Make sure you leave the dads with enough frozen peas and baby carrots. If you don’t, the kids won’t eat their veggies and you’ll be freaking out for two full days instead of letting your messy bun down.
  2. When you arrive at your tiny condo at the bottom of the mountain, light the fire and drink too much wine. This won’t work unless you all drink, so fill all red plastic cups and blame it on the switchbacks and fog for needing a little something, something, to calm your nerves.
  3. Go to bed at four in the morning, because nothing good happens after two a.m., and you want – no need – to remove yourself from motherhood and be nothing good for the night.
  4. Wake up at ten a.m. when your husband calls to see how the slopes are. The lifts opened one hour ago and you’re in no shape to be getting out of bed just yet. At this point, you know you won’t be putting sticks on your feet and sliding down any kind of hill. Not gonna happen.
  5. Eat all the vegan brownies and Tylenol for breakfast with Mom 2. Joke about how you’re all too old to be drinking that much and going to bed that late. Lay back down until the Tylenol kicks in.
  6. Plug your ears when Mom 3 wakes up and barely makes it to the toilet to puke. She’s obvi a total rookie.
  7. Once you’ve all showered, go to the top of the mountain for greasy lunch. Burgers, sweet potato fries (because they’re healthier, duh), and Bloody Marys all around. You choke down the Bloody Mary. It’s not that you want to drink, but hey – hair of the dog, amirite?
  8. Decide to go tubing to salvage what’s left of the weekend.
  9. In the minivan, aka The Swagger Wagon, share funny stories like, “And once, my daughter confused a pantyliner for a giant Band-aid.” You’re a mom after all, and you can’t ever fully leave your children at home, even on a moms’ trip. It’s okay, though, because this is what you needed. Not the booze or skiing, but a weekend with your friends full of fun.
    1. Hear Mom 2 gasp, interrupting the laughter.
  10. See a deer jump in front of your moving tank, slam on the brakes, get a new understanding via personal experience for the term “deer in headlights.” That fucker won’t move.
  11. Connect with her eyes, illuminated by your car’s front end just before she turns in a too-late-dumbass attempt to run away.
  12. Only hit her in the butt going ten miles an hour before she scampers off, uninjured into the woods. Pull over and cry for her with your friends.
  13. After you pull yourself together, finish driving to the tubing hill.
  14. Once there, laugh, careen down the hill, act like a child.
  15. Have fun. Have so much fun.
  16. After tubing, eat a pile of chips and salsa and tell dirty jokes with your friends because the best cure for a hangover is laughter and carbs. Always more carbs.

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11 thoughts on “How To Hit A Deer With Your Minivan On Moms’ Weekend

  1. Stacie Dalrymple January 9, 2019 — 10:28 pm

    Oh my goodness, that sounds terrible! I’m glad the deer was ok. You guys too! If you are going fast it can be so dangerous!

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    1. Luckily I was driving through switchbacks, so not going very fast at all. More like a slow motion accident. But it was terrifying and, despite only going ten, she left a good crack in my front end.


  2. Jennifer Allen Mierisch January 9, 2019 — 10:36 pm

    Hooray for moms’ weekends!! So true: “this is what you needed. Not the booze or skiing, but a weekend with your friends full of fun.”

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    1. At the end of the day, that is all we need on a mommy vacation, right? Although wine and chips always help 😉


  3. Oh, this has me laughing out loud! Exactly what a mom’s weekend should sound like.

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    1. Thanks! It took some distance from this moms’ weekend (two years!) before I could find anything funny about it. Before it just seemed boozy and tragic 😁


  4. I’ve had a couple near misses with deer, so you had me on the edge of my seat. So glad for the relative safety of both you and the deer.


  5. I love #3: “… and be nothing good for the night.” I think that’s perfect. Then the hangover follow-up is even more perfect. This is a fun essay, and I’m glad the deer was okay.

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    1. Me too. It was the one and only time I’ve ever hit a living thing while driving. I got very emotional.

      Glad you liked it!

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  6. I think I remember when this happened! It would have been so scary, but thank goodness all came away relatively unscathed. I’ve never had a girls weekend away, they sound a hoot!


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