I am not a perfectionist by any means, I do, however, pride myself on being a good mother and being there for my children. A perfect mother probably would not completely forget her child at school right!? Yes, that was me a few weeks ago.
It Takes a Village
I’ll paint you a picture of my day (most days): My 11 year old fending for herself and trying to help her frenzied mother get through the morning rush with a 4 and 2 year old. Breakfast plates left on the table, lunches packed, diaper changed, backpacks checked, quickly put on my makeup, do my hair…oh wait, messy bun it is for the third day in a row! My clothes are put on approximately 3 minuets before running out the door, and off we go, always running late. I then have to run back inside to change another diaper. I swear that kid waits to poop until the moment when we are ready to leave!
That is just an overview of an always overwhelming morning. During one of these mornings, my 11 year old daughter reaches out and says, “Mom, I need you to sign this for me. ” Yeah, for sure, taking a moment to check what THAT is. Oh, how nice, my beautiful daughter wanted to stay after school for an extra credit assignment. No problem, I’ll get you after work. There is no way that would be a problem.
Long story short, I was slammed at work, tired, and crabby. I finally pulled into the driveway (vino waiting for me), and got a call from a friend letting me know she has my daughter. My daughter who is bawling and hysterical, because I forgot about her! Head slams on the steering wheel. Mom fail. Mom failing bad! Not only did I forget my child, but I’m completely embarrassed that a “winning” mom had to step up where I failed!
We all recovered just fine, and I realized there is real truth behind the saying “it takes a village to raise a child.” I also started using that “reminder” thing on my phone more often!
Love that technology, helping this sleepless mom get through the day.
Lynnaya — Mom of Elly Mae, Ava, & Eli