I was having one of those typical, hysterically crazy days when you have
young kids: On top of a hectic morning of swim lessons (theirs) and
conference calls (mine), I had to finish a work project in time to whisk
my girls to their afternoon activity. When I was finally done, I fed
them lunch and then raced around, packing a bag with a ridiculous amount
of snacks, diapers and extra clothes.
After I quickly locked up the
house, herded the kids into the car and buckled them into their seats, I
breathed a huge sigh of relief that we were on our way at last. I patted
myself on the back with my free hand, the one that wasn't holding my
fifth cup of coffee.
But there was only one problem: I couldn’t remember where we were going.
I was drawing a complete blank. For a couple of minutes, I had no idea
what I’d been rushing to get ready for. Were we going to a party? A
play date? The park? Only after I’d taken a look at what I’d brought in
my bag and saw the extra socks did I finally remember that we were going
to a gym class.
This was one of those "aha" moments, when I finally admitted I had way
too much on my plate. I knew that if I didn’t make some changes I’d end
up being one of those moms you hear about on the news, who drops her kid
off at daycare and forgets to pick him up until three months later.
11. You’re so pressed for time, you ask your gynecologist if she has a drive-thru window.
12. You’re proud of yourself for packing your kid’s lunch, until he calls you from school asking why there’s a hair tie, some Advil and lip gloss in his lunchbox and then you find his lunch in your purse.
13. You call your daughter by the dog’s name, and she’s so used to it that she just answers.
14. You forgot to bring your glasses to the playground and realize you’ve been yelling at the janitor to come sit on your lap for the last 20 minutes.
15. When someone asks you what you have planned for the week, they actually grow a beard before you’re done answering.