I am the mom scrambling to get everything together in the morning. I am the mom who forgets to wash the daycare blankets, who leaves their kids without seasonally appropriate spare clothes, and who very rarely remembers to bring in the extra stuff from home for the craft project de jour.
I have my moments of course. I remember the red shirts and tennies for field trips. I follow the rules about what days you can bring in cubby toys. I remember to pick my kid up from daycare.
Then I miss the welcome to the new room party. After being so snide about making sure to attend every party and volunteer for almost every field trip.
Tomorrow, in theory (damn you rain) is the yearly trip to the apple orchard. I’ve been looking forward since I knew they did it. Of course, that was until this year. The year of the fall monsoons. I’ve been to the orchard in question. It is over priced, but I was prepared to tolerate it. That was until the mud.
Today, with only a day of warning, we were told to have our kids (and ourselves) wear rain boots to the orchard. The fact that they gave this warning yesterday to the school’s staff, before record rainfall, makes me nervous.
M doesn’t have rain boots. We bought her one pair which she never wore. Since then, with budgets tight, they just didn’t seem like a good idea. Old shoes are out of the question, since because it is about to be a season change and her feet just grew a bunch, she really only has one pair of shoes that fit at all. One pair that I am not about to get trashed in the mud.
So I made phone calls, drove all around, in search of something that is more in season in the spring. Something that if I buy it to fit will likely be outgrown by next spring. Something my kid will likely only wear once (over my dead body). My choices were Hello Kitty and Barbie. I went with the cat.
I’m sort of hoping that it makes up for missing that party a couple of weeks ago. I also hope there is a trend shift to rain boots for adults, because otherwise my multi colored paisley footwear is going to look awfully silly.