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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Fatal Distraction

Today I mailed my son's study notes.

There's really no exuse other than that I was distracted. Am I the only one? The only one who took medication and can't remember ten seconds later if they took it or not? The only one whose husband says he told her something just yesterday and she can't remember him saying it?

Okay, my mind is somewhere else half the time. Not that I want it to be, it's just that there's so much stuff to remember. Just to take my kids to school I have to remember who has what today. Gym? We need tennis shoes. Soccer practice? Cleats, shin guards, water, and snack. Field trip forms, lunch money, book bags, homework. On the way to school I have to remember who has what test today. One child needs to review vocabulary, one has to memorize a poem, another reviews for a Science test (yes, we studied the night before, but there's something about sleep that wipes the slate clean, you know.)

I drop them off, and my own list begins. I run errands while listening to a CD to prepare for worship team practice. In between songs, I try to remember what I have to do today and remind myself of my doctor appointment. I pull into my drive and stop to deposit the outgoing mail.

The study guide is actually IN the mail box and I'm flipping up the red flag before I realize my mistake. I open the lid and laugh at myself. I mean, really, what else can you do?

Denise Hunter  
posted at 8:43 AM  
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At 9:51 AM, Anonymous VJW-PA said...

How funny is that? :D

It's great you realized what you did in the nick of time.

You don't have to have kids to get so caught up in the everyday that you forget to pay attention to life's other details. It's so easy to get too busy. What a great reminder for all of us to slow down.

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous kt said...

lol, yeah, what else can you do? Life, life, life... what else are you going to do?

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

LOL - you give a good case for having only one kid and a very large DayTimer! ROFLOL

I can't live without lists and my DayTimer. Even then I forget things.

Just last week, it was time for the quarterly dramam ministry fellowship. As the leader, I cook dinner for them. So in the afternoon, I had my dinner planned and was working on the Conference Preparedness Course.

At 6:00, I started dinner for my husband and myself. We sat down at 6:20 (fish doesn't take long on the grill) and started eating.

Can you see what's coming?

At 6:35, I get a call from the chruch. Where am I? ANd where's their dinner?

YIKES! How can I forget from my own reminder at 4:30?


Fortunately, pizza can be delivered fairly quickly and I only live 10 minutes from the church. Whew!

At 1:43 PM, Blogger allen said...

I teach at three different schools and have two kids...I can relate. The other day I poured my self three seperate cups of coffee...Left the house without drinking aany of them.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

LOL Allen! I can honestly see why people find their keys in the frige sometimes.

Ane, I can't tell you how many times I've forgotten to show up even though I remembered an hour before I forgot. :-) Good thing for that pizza.

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh, Denise, I can relate. I didn't put my kid's study notes in the mail (they aren't in school yet), but I did forget something very important. Here's what happened.

My day began early (it always does with young kids) and after breakfast and dressing three young boys, combing hair and brushing teeth, I rushed them all out into the van. I dropped them off somewhere (can't remember where. *shrug*) and headed to church to plan music for the following Sunday morning.

After a few hours of work I dashed out to pick the kids up and head home for lunch. Then it was a series of lunches, diaper changes and off to nap time. Finally, time to do things around home.

They all wake up then it's nursing, more diaper changes, packing bags with jammies, putting shoes on and rushing them all out to the van again. I drop them off at Nanna and Buppa's and rush again to the church to finish preparations for that night's practice. Then it's back to Nanna's for one last nursing and then a mad dash to church for 7:00. I made it just in time.

Practice goes for two hours then I'm off to pick up the kiddies. I get to Nanna's and once again I'm packing bags, cleaning up toys, putting shoes and coats on and ushering children out to the van. Thankfully my husband was there to help. I'm exhausted and I say a quick goodbye to Nanna and Buppa and shuffle my way towards the van. I reach the gate and it dawns on me that I've forgotten something...THE BABY!! I dash back inside and breathlessly announce that I forgot my baby. He was sleeping in the bedroom blissfully unaware that for a brief moment in time, mommy forgot she had three kids instead of two! LOL!

We had a good laugh over that one. But what's reassuring is that I'm sure every mother has forgotten a child or two at one time or another. :-)


At 8:27 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Too funny, Shauna! I have indeed forgotten a child. In the van in the church parking lot (thankfully the weather was mild). It was only for about 3 minutes but he was a toddler and was none too happy about it.

At 2:52 AM, Blogger Camy Tang said...

Now that's a new one. My friend Cheryl threatened to mail me "something dead" but that's out of my control, unlike your study notes. You know, I have a PDA and I still forget things.


At 9:30 AM, Blogger Tina said...

I have a friend who went to the store yesterday and bought a new package of underwear for her kids because she knew she wouldn't have time to do her laundry this week. I have done similar things. We've all been there. :)

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Audra said...

Oh boy can I relate. I'm a mom of six and I blame it on a serious case of mommy brain. It's either that or my blonde roots (I colored my hair, but I'm still having blonde moments). :)
I've learned to laugh at myself and so has my husband. ;)

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Hubby got me a PalmPilot because I said I needed it to stay on top of things. Now I just forget to check out my Palm and still am in a whirlwind of to-do's. Can't win even with a cheat sheet.

Abundant blessings,
Jenny Cary


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