I completely screwed up while packing for my last road trip.
The day before I left, I loaded gifts for my parents into the trunk of my car and placed my dog’s spare bed in the backseat. I threw clothes into a suitcase, tossed two cozy scarves on top, and even remembered to bring my daily supplements and vitamins.
Before heading to bed, I checked the meticulous “To Do” list saved on my phone, which included everything left to grab, turn off, lock up, and shut down in the morning. I mentally reviewed each one and the order in which I planned to do them as I shut my eyes and drifted off to sleep.
Yet partway through the thick Los Angeles traffic the following morning, cars inching along on either side of me while I slumped over and glanced at the clock for the hundredth time, I stiffened, sat straight up, and nearly whacked my forehead with my palm as a thought entered my mind.
I forgot to bring the bananas.
The long, beautiful, bright yellow, absolutely perfect bananas sitting on my counter. Right next to the pistachios and dark chocolate bars — things I actually did remember to pack — that I planned to snack on during my drive.
I sighed, leaned back, and checked the clock again, all while praying that (a) I’d make it through LA sometime this century and (b) the bananas wouldn’t turn gross and moldy or attract millions of ants by the time I returned.
By some miracle…
The universe granted both of my wishes. It only took an extra hour to slog through the Southern California traffic, and those bananas merely looked brown and spotty when we were reunited a week later. No fuzzy green stuff or ants in sight.
I grinned at my good luck, reached for my mixing bowls, and soon pulled a batch of these healthy banana oatmeal cookies from the oven. Perhaps I was influenced by the relief coursing through my veins, but… I thought they were a much better use of those bananas than eating them plain as a road trip snack!