Seven Signs I Am Losing (or have already lost) My Marbles
1. I drop the kids off at school and head out to run errands. I have my route all planned out; Target, Michael’s and then Home Depot (don’t even ask). I have my returns on the front seat next to me. I’m feeling organized and efficient. I’ve got this. Everything is going brilliantly until I am standing at the customer service counter and the clerk asks me to swipe my debit card. I fumble through my purse twice, but my wallet is no where in sight. It is at home on the kitchen counter. Stellar.
2. It is the night before soccer and I’m going to have everyone’s uniform clean and ready. Yes, I am a champion soccer mom. I’m so impressed with myself that I remembered to do this. I will feel like a million bucks tomorrow morning when I have the kids’ uniforms freshly folded and lined up by the back door. I go down into the laundry room and open up the washer. The smell knocks me back a few steps. Apparently the load of laundry I washed a couple of days ago never made it to the dryer. I add more soap, set it on extra hot this time, and run it through again. Now soccer clothes will have to be washed in the dead of night and dried in an early morning frenzy.
3. How often do your little people shower? It is bedtime on a Wednesday night. I am ready for the kids to go away. Maybe we can skip a bath tonight? Did they take one last night? I can’t remember. I try to recall the last nights activities but my mind is completely blank. I take an honest assessment of my mental faculties and know that I don’t have it in me to cleanse these children tonight. I promise we will do it first thing in the morning, if I remember.
5. What is for breakfast this morning? Waffles, bagels, eggs or toast. Anything that doesn’t require milk. Yes, children, I know we haven’t had milk for two days. I will put a reminder in my phone and head straight to the store after I take you to school. This whole milk thing is something that seems really important in the morning when you want cereal, and at night when I’m preparing for dinner, but somewhere in between, this need gets completely lost. Half the time I go to the store for a specific item, leave my list at home, and return with a car full of groceries of every variety…except for the one thing I went to get.
6. Tuesday morning I took my car to Jiffy Lube for an oil change. (When you are done being impressed by that statement, read on.) It was going to take a while, so my daughter and I walked to the McDonald’s just across the street. While I sat there I thought about how much I missed one of my friends. Wouldn’t it be great if she could come and hang out with me? I casually drop her a text and invite her to join me. She politely responds that she is on her way to bible study. A bible study that I too signed up for, and am supposed to be at as well. No wonder I missed her, we were supposed to spend the morning together and I completely forgot!
7. I’m not sure what this post has to do with the series I am writing on “Showing up.” Truth be told, when I wrote this post I forgot about that! Ha!