On my way to work this morning I thought of how much I had already accomplished before 9am and realized this is something to which every mother in North America can relate. Who else can say that before they even leave for work in the morning they have not only already showered, dressed and fed themselves but also three other human beings? I admit that as the children get older I have to do more “supervising” than actually be involved “hands on”, but the supervising is a full-time job! I don’t know how many times I have heard “Oops, I forgot” or “Well, you didn’t tell me to,” in response to simple questions such as did you brush your teeth?
But a mom’s morning doesn’t end there either. Before leaving for school mom has also cleaned up from breakfast, which oftentimes requires emptying and filling the dishwasher, fed the pets, packed lunches for herself and every other member of the family, ensured each child has remembered to pack homework, permission forms, library books and musical instruments for the day’s activities, has the sports gear packed in anticipation for the evening’s extra curricular activities, has the necessary ingredients thawing in the fridge for supper that night, and has administered any medications for lingering illnesses to those family members in need.
Before leaving the house she makes sure all lights are off and doors are locked and she hustles the children into the family vehicle. She double checks that everyone has what they need and runs back into the house when it is discovered that despite her constant reminders, something has been left behind.
Once at the school mom delivers her children safely and weather-appropriately-dressed to their teachers and runs into the office to sign up to volunteer for the next school fundraiser. On the way back to her van, she discusses “mom things” with the other moms and realizes she is not the only one who feels like a chicken with its head cut off. However, it is not until she is securely fastened in her vehicle and pulling away from the curb in the direction of work that she realizes she forgot to take the garbage out.