|Our son, during happier times +pittsburghparks|
(Written last week. Thank God the Liberty Bridge Re-Opened this week.)
Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that has three rivers running through it, which means that it relies on bridges to make transportation work. For the past three weeks one bridge has been down and that has brought the city to its knees, especially working moms. Indeed, ever working mom I know, even the super organized ones who always look great and have smiling kids, have a story about how the closure of the Liberty Bridge has wreaked havoc on their lives. The problem is that the 55,000 people who would normally be traveling across the Liberty Bridge are dispersed throughout the city searching for a way to get to work and the city simply cannot accommodate that easily.
This morning, my schedule was disrupted. I put my makeup on earlier than usual and planned to throw on a dress, get the baby ready and leave right after our daughter got on the bus. Well, the bus was 30 minutes late because of detours due to construction and the extra traffic due to the Liberty Bridge closure. Indeed, every day since the bridge closed has been a game of "When will the bus show up". That type of uncertainty is a curse for this working mom. I who rely on schedules like I rely on water—they are essential to my survival.
So, all of this uncertainty has me hanging on by a thread.