As a mom who works full time out of the house, I generally feel great about the choices I have made. They are right for me, they are right for our family, and I can own that decision
Today is one of those days. We got a note home from school yesterday, after 5 p.m., saying the 3rd graders are putting on a play and we are welcome to come watch. I told Addi I couldn't come - I'm too busy at work this week and with 12 hours notice I just can't make it work. She said OK, she understood. This isn't her first rodeo - I've missed tons of things at school already. Then she asked again. And again. This morning, after reiterating that I couldn't come she acted out the entire play for me, doing every character like a little Cybil.
The small economy car size amount of Mommy Guilt grew to the size of a van. Just like the vans of the other moms who WILL be at the play. And let me tell you, we have a lot of GOOD Catholic families at our school - so that guilt isn't even mini-van size. It's full on Catholic guilt, 12-passenger van style.
After I dropped the girls off at school I headed to the office, then did a u-turn and came back home. I called my boss and let her know I would be working from home in the morning. I had to go watch the Princess and the Pea.
Addi's face when she saw me walk in her room made me even more certain that I made the right choice. There were three short skits, complete with costumes (which I didn't even know Addi had taken out of our house), and a few other moms there. As a bonus, Samantha's class was there to watch too.
|Bonus points if you can correctly guess which blond mine is
Addi played the "right" princess and did a great job. Most people find it hard to believe but at school she's really shy and quiet so this was a big deal for her.
And for me. She's definitely the right princess for me.