I share a characteristic with a silk tulip, a milkbone, and the Mona Lisa painting….we all have the exact same attention span.
I’m shamed when one of my kids grabs my face and looks deep into my eyes and says “stay with me ma” or “I need you to concentrate here”……
Just this past Thursday one of them did just that.
“Ma, I need you to remember to pay my Pay to Play fee at school. If it’s not paid by tomorrow at 3 I can’t play the game”.
About a minute later, while I was playing working on my computer he yelled up the stairs “Mooooooooom what do you have to do for me today?”
“Okay dumbass sweetheart…, I won’t forget” I yelled back.
When the last of the troops had shut the front door I came out of hiding downstairs to start watching tv my cleaning.
I had to laugh when I looked around the house….. PAY 2 PLAY reminder notes were EVERYWHERE!
The kid had my every move down and slathered with reminder notes. I removed all the evidence so Daddio wouldn’t have a field day rubbing it in that I am a total and complete f-up screwup when it comes to remembering things.
Two thirty rolled around and I found myself buried deep in a game of Bejeweled 2 paying bills on the computer.
My growling stomach brought my computer work to a halt and I went to grab a little snack.
HOLY SHIT SMOKES!!!!!!……It was 2:45 and I had forgotten to pay the fee…..
I don’t think it’s proper to thank God for stupid things like choosing to snack on a pickle instead of a handful of Cheetos making me see the reminder note or for keeping all the cops busy that usually patrol the sidestreet that I sped on to get to the school on time….he’s busy taking care of real problems.
“Did you remember to pay” the kid asked when he got home.
“Thank God” he replied when I said “yes”.
I think most of us at Aiming Low *wish* our children left us THAT many reminders to get our stuff done! You can see more tales of this mom of three over at Not All Who Wander Are Lost.