Last night at 10PM I found a note in Spencer’s pile of art that said:
“Spencer Allport, School Supplies By Friday Please!!!”
He’s been going to the same preschool for a year and his VPK program started a little earlier than they had planned so it was a really smooth transition. When Jason was in VPK they didn’t need supplies, they were just included. It just never occurred to me Spencer was going to need something. So of course I did what any mother of the current technology age would do and jumped on Facebook to complain about what a horrible parent I was. What really surprised me though was when my girlfriend Michelle commented that I had missed Open House, which is where I would have found out about the school supply list.
I think what else bothered me was that all week Spencer told us that he needed markers and a glue stick and we just ignored him. I mean hello, he’s 4, what does he know. We just assumed he wanted things because they were introducing things to him in class. Little did I know he was actually just far smarter than Mommy and Daddy.
Now, my Mother In Law had picked up Spencer from school nearly every day this Summer and it doesn’t surprise me that his papers didn’t reach my hands, but I can’t put all the blame on her. I’m sure there were signs around the school and I certainly dropped him off in the morning many days. The fact is I’m just overwhelmed right now. I’m too busy and I’m juggling too many things. Somehow along the way I’ve become Frankie Heck.
Last week when our family went to Jason’s open house we completely missed that we were supposed to stop into a certain classroom to pay for school supplies (which are provided to all students but paid for by parents) and aftercare, however all the other parents caught on. Low and behold it was printed on a form we were holding in our hand. We just didn’t slow down long enough to read what was staring me in the face.
Working full time during the day and coming home to work another business and try to be a wife and a mom is most certainly weighing me down. I barely see my friends anymore and don’t really have a relationship with my mom who lives 2 miles away. I have some friends at work and that helps a ton, since spending 8-9 hours a day with them makes it an easy way to blow off steam. They are truly my saving graces. But then there is that work/personal life line and things go grey.
But the truth of the matter is I need to get my priorities straight. Jason and Spencer need a mom who doesn’t forget their most basic needs. So as of today they are moving back up the totem poll. I’ll even sign up as a room mom in Jason’s class. I noticed the sheet was blank except for one mom who signed up 3 spaces down.
So tell me, am I alone? Have you had a worst mom ever moment, is it just me?