And so will you.
(this post is dedicated to a colleague who knows who she is and is just learning this dance)
Having made it to the other side of parenting, now hanging with the 2 best adults I know, I wanted to say thank you to both of them for tolerating this lunatic and still turning out great. Someone wise once told me, “your kids will be fine”. In the throws of working full time (and then some), caring for pets and parents, and trying to be a good human, I sometimes wonder how they survived.
But they did. In spite of me.
I thought this would be a good time to do another famous list and look back on the ways I messed up and they still turned out fine. And loved me anyway.
- Anything involving the smoke alarm and our first dog who would shake from it.
- Ironing the graduation gown and almost melting it.
- Being the carpool mom that once in awhile forgot the other kid.
- Backing up full force out of the driveway and hitting my brother’s car broadside… with a car full of teenage girls. (sorry Keith)
- Singing in the morning when you just wanted to be left alone.
- Locking us out of the house in a black out.
- Losing the concert tickets in the jungle of my hard drive for a show I don’t remember but one that was REALLY important.
- Surprise back surgery into a slip and fall geezer-like incident at the worst moment ever. (really sorry about this one, guys, I know how hard that was for you)
- Initiating completely inappropriate family discussions that now that they look back are probably the best thing I ever did… nothing shocks them now.
- Taking a while to figure out you did not want me to solve it, you just wanted to bitch.
Goes to show, no matter what we do, if we love them unconditionally, they just might do the same thing back.
Happy Mothers Day, kids. Thanks for tolerating.