For the most part, I think I’ve handled the whole working mom thing pretty well. Then there are days like yesterday.
Both my husband and I have jobs that sometimes require us to work in the evening. Now that we have the Mini Athlete, that requires some careful calendar coordination. We always have to make sure one of us can pick him up from daycare and if not, we have to coordinate with someone else to get him.
I knew I had to work late last night. I am certain I told my husband. But as he said, if it’s not in his calendar, it doesn’t happen. And it wasn’t in his calendar. He sent me a text at 4:30pm asking if I had picked up the baby yet. I panicked and called him.
“No…you’re picking him up today! I have to work late.”
His response? “Why would I be picking him up? I’m in Plant City.” FYI – Plant City is at least 45 minutes away from our house.
I ran into my boss’ office and told her I had to leave. Thankfully another co-worker had already planned to attend the event I had planned to be at so both assured me I could leave. Still, I felt flustered. Beyond flustered. I felt terrible.
I headed out to my car. As I left the parking lot, I saw my boss walking to her car. I rolled down my window and told her I’d pick up the Mini Athlete and come back to work. She tried to tell me, “Really Callie…it’s okay.” I tried to insist, but she assured me it was fine. Then she said,
“Callie…your sunglasses are missing a lens.”
I have no idea how she didn’t bust out laughing.
I immediately took them off when she pointed it out to me, but put them on later to try to imagine exactly what she had seen. I couldn’t help but laugh at myself.
Thankfully my boss and I have a great relationship so I immediately called her and told her I had looked at myself in the glasses and couldn’t stop laughing. I asked, “How did you keep a straight face???”
She immediately started laughing uncontrollably – and so did I.
I told her she should take it as a sign of how flustered I felt about having to leave early and asked rhetorically, “How did I not notice I only had one lens?!?”
“Callie, I think they call that motherhood.”
Yes, yes I think they do.
Have you ever had a motherhood moment?