This morning I dropped C off at school wearing a cute black t-shirt, nice tan shorts, and a stunning pink boa tiara.
She’s 6. If she wants to be princess for a day, who am I to stop her?
Three blocks away from the school I finally remembered that it was school picture day.
That’s when I started laughing. Because really? I can’t make this stuff up.
10 days ago I missed the first day of school. Today I blanked on picture day. I’m officially that mom, the one who loses papers, misses appointments, needs that extra phone call to be reminded about the special event.
Last week I was mortified about having missed the first day of school. Today I’m shrugging it all off and laughing about the tiara.
Seriously. How awesome are those photos going to be?
My kids are fed, clean, rested. C brings with her a well packed (if somewhat unoriginal and uninspired) lunch and snack. We’re working homework into our schedule and I might even get everyone to one of the birthday parties we’ve been invited to this weekend.
So fine, we pull into the school yard at the very last second before being late every day. Fine, I serve a lot of dinners out of the freezer. And yes, I’m skating by on about a million other things. But whatever. I’m pretty sure I’m not being graded on what my house looks like.
Two mornings ago, as I bustled around putting together C’s lunch and figuring out what the girls would wear, all while snatching quick sips of my rapidly cooling tea, C looked up from the breakfast table where she sat with Little L and M.
“I think we have the best family in the whole world.” She said in a quiet, very satisfied voice.
We’d just been talking about our day and making jokes. There had been kisses and hugs and it was just a low key, easy morning. It wasn’t anything special or memorable. It just felt like home. Like love.
The floors are sticky and I keep forgetting important dates, but as long as the people who matter are happy, I’m fine with how we’re doing. I’m eschewing perfection and embracing the 80/20 rule.
I can’t wait to see the school photo of C with her tiara and Girls Rock t-shirt. It might be the only school photo I ever get framed.