Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Kindergartner Needs His Lunch

So not that you are asking...but do you want a peek into a day in which again I have SO missed becoming "Mom of the Year"?

...maybe its NOT a coincidence that I speaking at a MOPs group next month, and sharing my session titled, "Even Mommies Make Mistakes"...and the God up above does have a great sense of humor and desires more than anything to keep me teachable, humble and knowing I am not a momma without Him!

You see I think I have been SO concerned about my plate, whats on my plate, stuffing my face from my plate, balancing my plate, keeping my face clean, oh lets just say alot of my life these days has to do with the plate and whats on it...yikes...and maybe, just maybe a so called momma with a full plate forgot to feed her most adorable kindergartner a lunch....

So said momma opens the refrigerator today at 11:43 to figure out what said momma and younger brother are going to have...and sure enough right there top shelf magnified times 100 is the grey and black lunch pail that should be sitting ever so nicely in front of Mr. Kindergartner at his school...it should already be opened and Mr. Kindergartner should have his straw in his juice box...and he should be crunchin' his carrots...because Mr. Kindergartners lunch started at 11:30...13 minutes ago...

So like any good momma that forgot their child's lunch...I pick up the phone and speed dial the school (lets just say I have had to call for 'other' mommy mistakes...but not the forgotten lunch...this is the first time)...

"Hello Denise (Denise is the very helpful and nice school secretary) I just found my little guys lunch in the refrigerator. And I know lunch is started and so I need to check and see if he got a hot lunch."

Denise responds,"ok, who is your 'little guy' (see when a momma is in panic mode she forgets that the Elementary School that her son attends has 388 other children attending and she might need to offer some helpful information to track down said child without a lunch, cause we all know, no other mother would forget to feed their child!)

"Oh, I am 'Mr. Kindergartners' mom and he is in Mrs. A's class"

Denise puts me on hold. Then gets back on the phone.

"Your son has a hot lunch."

"Thank you Denise."

So I hang up the phone. I inhale. I exhale.

Just another day in which a momma needs to remember its a mistake...and that truly there are some MOST amazing people, like Mrs. A a kindergarten teacher with a huge heart who helps take care of adorable Mr. Kindergartner.

My friends this is what Grace looks like!

Inhale. Exhale.


From the Heart said...

Oh, bless you. I'm so glad I don't have to worry about those kind of mommie things. I'm so glad Mr. Kindergartner got a hot lunch.
God always supplies our every need.

wheatenmom said...

Yep - little Mr. Kindergartner is a bit young to assume full responsibility for remembering his lunch...HOWEVER, great opportunity for a "teaching tool", Momma. I'll bet he would love to learn how to write a list of stuff he needs each morning to take to school. (You aren't very far away from the "mom of the year" award)

Tulabell said...

I had a similar moment...just as I arrived to work there was that pink backpack with her shool work in it and I of course felt as if I failed and had to hold back the desire to drive the 20 miles back to take it to her.

Turns out she was fine with out it!

Thanks for sharing, mommies are not always perfect that is for sure but we try and I think that is why God put us in charge of these 'little guys' - :)

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

God's just feeding you with some practical examples for next month's talk!

This has been me 1000 times over, sweet friend. You've got a long way to go before catching up with my forgetfulness.


Amy@LivinginHarmony said...

My little guy is 21 years old now and he survived through many forgotten lunches along with many other mommy mistakes. You are closer to that Mom award than you think.

My ADHD Me said...

Awww, I feel for you. We've all had those mommy-guilt moments. Guess it has something to do with being human. 5 years from now when he is mad at you because you won't buy him the newest fad toy, he'll say
"Well you forgot my lunch that time!!"


OK, kidding. Once I actually forgot about a day being an early release day. School was over that day at 12:30 instead of 3:30. I got the "Where are you?" phone call at about 12:45. I had never even been late! I felt horrible. We live about 1/4 of a mile from the school. I got there in about 2 1/2 seconds. haha. I felt Horrible!!

Have a wonderful evening!

Irritable Mother said...

God's grace comes in all shapes, ages, and sizes, doesn't it? *grin*
My favorite dose of grace came from my (then) 5-year-old son. I had forgotten something that I really shouldn't have and was berating myself, saying, "I'm so stupid!" My son piped up, "You aren't stupid, Mom. You just forgot. We all forget sometimes!" And he followed his comments up with a hug.
*melting heart*

Kimberly said...

Oh, my....with three girls in school I cannot tell you how much grace this momma has needed! Talk about being humbled on a regular basis!!!! And I know I might as well get used to it. :) I am NEVER going to be able to keep it all together...even though I would soooo love it if I could.

You are a wonderful and loving momma! Your boys are blessed to have you! :)

Sue J. said...

What's funny, Nichole, is that by the end of your time in elementary school, Denise is going to know your name and won't have to ask you where your son is. It just works out that way! So, you're on your way to a great relationship with your school!!

The flip side of the coin is when the child calls you looking for something she forgot to bring to school with her. Then you are in a position of sharing grace. (Although I admit to having a time or two when I felt like making such a circumstance a "learning experience.")

What a great talk on tap for some great ladies!

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

Oh how I can relate! I just smiled when your secretary was like Who is your child? I've been there...many times!

Also-relating to how God seems to really work on me in the area I'm to be speaking on soon. Never fails! I'm thankful for it but it can be quite humbling too! :)

Lori said...

Nichole, YOU are the "Mom of the Year in my book!"
Love your honesty, and believe me, we've all been there!

Hugs, Lori