I put my lanyard with my teaching badge and keys over my head. They fell against my black and white striped dress. I zipped up my tall black boots and grabbed my purse.
“Kids, it’s time for school.” (For both of us – students and their mama teacher.)
My oldest son (I have three boys) slowly rounded the hallway corner with his backpack, lunch, and bags around his eyes.
“Baby, you don’t look like you feel well,” I placed my hand on his forehead and felt the heat.
“Yeah – all of sudden, I feel yucky. My throat hurts too.”
Okay. I have one hour before I have to teach. Goodness. I made a mad dash for my computer and put in a request for a sub. Then all three boys piled into the car and raced to the high school for me to throw together sub plans. I then dropped my middle son off at elementary school – late, of course.
My youngest son – preschool age – joined in complaining about his throat with his oldest brother. (When it rains, it pours.) So, we headed to the minute clinic for strep tests. During the appointment, I realized I left my wallet at home, so only my oldest son (who was already in the system) could get a strep test.
With my oldest son diagnosed and his brother not, we all hopped back in the car to drive home to get my youngest son’s insurance card. After a frantic search to no avail, I remembered – my husband has his insurance card at work. Please not be at a meeting and answer the phone, I repeated as I connect with my husband so he could text me the card.
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Hoping a picture of my youngest son’s insurance card was good enough, we drove back to the Minute Clinic, parked the car, got everyone out, and went to the back of the line (again) for my youngest to be seen. While waiting for our turn, I picked up my oldest son’s prescription (he tested positive for strep) and bought my kids Gatorade to drink.
When it was finally my youngest son’s turn, the doctor took one look at my son downing his Gatorade and told us the test would not work if he just drank any liquids. (Who knew?) So we were sent a place back in line, so time would fix this problem.
What a morning.
I don’t know about you – momma – but my stress level can go from zero to a hundred in 1.5 seconds with these kinds of bumpy days. Driving home from this – ahem – “adventure,” I looked at my fingers and realized I was gripping the wheel. My heart raced, my body felt tense and all of a sudden I was fatigued by these over-the-top-stressed-out feelings I get in crazy-mom-moments.
“Enough,” I told myself with as much authority I could muster up. I had a talk with myself:
Here’s what I can NOT control:
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.
Just because my day WAS crazy, didn’t mean I had to let myself FEEL like it was crazy.
The rest of the car ride home, I took deep breaths, intentionally relaxed my body as I repeated to myself, “Mom days will be crazy, but I don’t have to let myself feel crazy.”
Thankfully, in that instance – the simple strategy worked.
I felt my body, my heart, my mind relax into my crazy role. And the rest of the day was full of snuggles, movies, and Gatorade.
Mommas – LIFE IS CRAZY….
But, life is also very, very good.
Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.