My experience with writing over the last years had more to do with filling out field trip permission slips or signing up for snacks at my kids' schools, than writing about wine. When they were younger I had a baby at home, one in preschool a couple days a week, and one in grade school. I was just trying to get organized and write their names on their backpacks and jackets.
Then they got older. With one in grade school, one in middle school, and one in high school, I couldn't keep up the school paperwork. I'd have piles of papers on my counter. Field trip updates. Supplies donation requests. Medical forms. Class calendars. Volunteer sign up forms.
I'm eternally grateful for our teachers and schools. But for the love of all that's good would someone please put the school's name or the teacher's name on top of the forms they send home? I can't tell you how many times I'd stand in the middle of the kitchen waving a school form in my hand loudly asking, “Does anyone know who this belongs to? Or which school?” Who's $50 art class fee is this? And which classroom needed 2 dozen cookies by Wednesday?
Then there are the absence notes to write. Between the back-to-school and winter colds and flu, I was writing notes usually every week.
So one year I got an idea. In my quest for organization and some sanity,
I decided to make a simple form letter that looked something like this:
"Dear (name of one of three schools,)
Please excuse (one of my three kid's names) from being absent.
My child has the (name of illness) or (doctor's appointment.)
For you seasoned moms, you've already figured out what happened.
For those who haven't traveled down this path, this one's free.
My youth outsmarted me.
That great, clever, saving-myself-time note was actually uncannily easy to copy.
Forged notes? No comment. Forged signatures? No comment.
I'm on the other side of that experience, but still looking for ways to navigate the currents of motherhood. Looking for ways to love my husband, my children, and those around me daily.
Be creative in my home. Learn about wine and share as I go.
To do these things with joy, poise, and a sense of humor,
yet not be overwhelmed by the details and savvy it takes being a mom.
That's a Mother's Day prayer!
This Mother's Day, let's enjoy a glass of wine together in spirit. We're not drinking, tempting as it is.
Us moms have to keep our wits about us, to outsmart our kids and out love them.
I raise my glass to you new moms, and those in the thick of parenting youth.
To those whose children are now adults in the world, congratulations!
And for every women whose given of themselves and touched others lives,
A Happy Mother's Day to You!
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