Posted on 08/29/2013 at 12:00 AM by Embria Health Sciences
Part of the mystery of parenthood is wondering how much of our "advice" is getting through to our little ones. Sometimes it seems the more advice we dole out, the more we, well, remind! But, sometimes, there are glorious moments where our good intentions actually materialize in real world behavior! I'd like to share one of the stories with you (with a twist).
It had not been a fun morning by any means. We all had trouble getting up when the alarm sounded, and my oldest was no exception. A chorus of “5 more minutes” played on for far too long. Once Mr. Sleepyhead finally woke, it was a race to get ready.
We sped through the motions as quickly as possible. Items were thrown into his school bag as he grabbed his breakfast to go. As he flung the door open to race to the bus stop I made sure he had everything with him. We checked and rechecked our mental list of everything he needed.
“Mom, I've got it all. I swear.” He kissed me goodbye and off he went. I collapsed into my chair with a hot cup of coffee as I breathed a sigh of relief that we pulled that off so quickly. I began tackling my to do list in an effortless motion. I was convinced that conquering the morning gave me a new set of Mom Wings which were letting me soar that day. The phone rang and I felt a smug smile spread across my face as I mentally pictured the next victory of the day. As I picked up the receiver I could feel my confidence pouring through the wire. “Hello, this is Sue, the school nurse. I have your son here with me and he is a bit upset. He would like to speak with you.” I felt my heart sink far below my knees at that point as I feared those next words to sound in my ear. “Mom? I need you to come to the school right away. I can't believe you did this to me. How could you? In our rush this morning you forget my hand sanitizer. I NEED it!”
As I processed what he was telling me I finally caught my breath. I tried convincing him that it was okay, as long as he made sure to wash his hands frequently throughout the day, but he wouldn't budge. He knows the kinds of germs that are spread around school and he would not let up.
I gave in and drove to the school with his sanitizer. The school nurse and I had a good laugh about it when I entered the office. Most kids would call him about forgotten homework or lunch money that was left behind. But my kid? He calls when he forgets his sanitizer. I can't say that I blame him though. At least I know that he is taking every precaution to keep himself healthy and germ free!