Ok so I didn’t forget the actual day.
I know that Mother’s Day is this Sunday.
How could I not know?
My letter box has been stuffed with junk mail that has proclaimed it in big pink letters for the last three weeks! Even I would be hard pressed to forget Mother’s Day.
But I did forget a day that is arguably just as important, a day without which there will be no Mothers Day…
I forgot the Mother’s Day stall at school.
It’s not my fault, really it isn’t!
I did read about it in the school newsletter. I even added the date to my calendar – Mother’s Day stall at school Thursday May 7th. But I’ve had a kind of muddled up week and continuing on that theme I thought that Thursday was Wednesday when it was really Thursday and well… that’s how it happened.
When I picked them up Thursday afternoon I was met with an accusatory “You forgot Mother’s Day!’ from my eight year old.
Apparently he was ‘the only one’ in his class who didn’t have money to buy something from the Mother’s Day stall… the ONLY ONE!
Can you believe it?
So I forgot to send my kids to school with money for the Mother’s Day stall.
I feel the silent judgement of mother’s everywhere who have never forgotten a thing in their lives. Mothers who would never put their child in the position of being the only kid ever to have no money to spend at the Mother’s Day stall.
I feel the guilt burning into my soul.
But somewhere, deep down inside, underneath the guilt, and regret, and worry that I may have scarred my kids for life… deep down there is a part of me that is punching the air!
I forgot the Mother’s Day stall!
This year I will not get another hideously scented heart shaped soap.
This year I will not get another rock with goggley eyes stuck onto a piece of cardboard that says ‘My mum rocks’
This year I will not get another notepad that has ‘notes from Hannah’ printed across the top of every page (um kids… my name is Kate!).
This year I will not get another face washer folded into a bunny.
This year I have told my kids they need to draw me a picture or write me a letter, and instead of buying crap… ahem…. I mean lovingly chosen gifts that I totally adore from the Mother’s Day stall at school, we will spend that money on stuff I really love – red frogs and banana milkshakes for everyone!
And I’ll appease the last of my guilt by buying double at the next school fundraising event, promise!
Have you ever forgotten something that was kinda important?
If you happen to have forgotten to get a card for your Mum on Mother’s Day I might just be able to save you from the guilt…