I had it on my calendar that my kiddos had their yearly physicals at 8:30am this Monday morning. I’m one of those crazies that loves the earliest appointment possible. Not because we’re great at getting ready & out of the house as the sun rises, but because I figure there are fewer germs first thing on a Monday morning in a peds clinic.
Imagine how awesome I felt when we arrived 12 minutes early (after nearly an hour drive there) and I realized that in the half hour before we left the house I had made time to straighten my hair and do my full make-up, get all the kids fed a warm breakfast, faces washed, dressed in color coordinating clothing, and out the door without raising my voice even once.
I may have even muttered “super mom” in my head. It felt pretty monumental. If you’re a mom reading this right now you totally know what I’m talking about.
I mean the kids & I even had lunches and snacks packed so we wouldn’t have to eat out during the day (thank you dear Mr. Awesome). Have I told you yet that my kids have the best dad? They do. We’re all crazy blessed by him and his sandwich makin’ abilities (among a million other helpful skills).
Folks, I’m not usually this on top of my game, but it felt good to march in their early with my head held high.
Well, that feeling lasted about 3 minutes, because all of a sudden I was standing at the receptionists desk to check in and being told our appointments weren’t today!
What the heck?
I do not make mistakes.
Well, except I guess I do. Because I did.
I have no idea what this appointment on the calendar was for, or if we were supposed to be at another doctor’s office for something different? I have no clue. I felt like I had alzheimers or something. I wanted to cry.
All that work, for nothing. Ugh, but life goes on.
I apologized to the kids, because that’s what happens when Mom screws up. I may have done this a dozen times, and each time they’re like “mom, it’s no big deal”. Bless their hearts. I know it’s not a big deal, but I totally uprooted them from their warm beds and comfy routines. I think they were just grateful this meant they only had a half day of school, but I still felt bad.
Since we had already trekked out of town I decided retail therapy was best. And since we’re trying to save up for a new addition and pay off our van, I decided our retail therapy would be in the form of grocery shopping.
Sometimes I’m practical.
I also happened to snag an outfit for myself; I’m still feeling kind of guilty about that. But not guilty enough to return it, I put it on as soon as I got home, it’s mine now. Leggings and the softest scoop neck ruffle edged long sleeve tee, Wal-Mart always has my back when it comes to fashion. And when they don’t, Amazon does!
I’m for real, have you bought any clothes off of Amazon yet? Most items have free returns (it’s listed next to the price if they do), so if they don’t fit perfect, just ship them back at no extra cost. I have only had to send 2 things back ever, and I have bought a lot of clothes on Amazon over the years.
Okay, back to the point. We all screw up. Sometimes it’s little, sometimes it’s big. We can’t be so hard on ourselves. And if we aren’t being so hard on ourselves, we surely shouldn’t be hard on others when they screw up, right?
Stay humble and low, because if you don’t, it sure hurts when you fall!
Let’s hope I can get the same results or better in a couple weeks when I have to wake the kids up even earlier (and it’s probably even colder) for their REAL appointments.