“I would forget my head, if it weren’t attached to my neck!”
Trust me, I could forget something no matter how many notes or reminders that I write myself. However I have good intentions, I swear!
Usually I can at least remember the gist of what I need to do. But very often, I will forget the finer details.
In my defense, I do have quite a bit to remember for my whole family.
Exhibit A of Forgetful Me…
A good example of this was when my older daughter started kindergarten. I had the Kindergarten orientation save the date card hanging on my refrigerator for months.
I knew the date, but the actual days of the week are what I mixed up.
Do you see where I am going with this?
Yes! I thought the orientation was Thursday. But in reality, it was on Tuesday. We ended up missing it by two days. It was also a forgetful parent fail on my part.
How I remedied Forgetful Me?
After this, I made sure to buy a bulletin board to hang all important notices. I also starting to add the events to my iPhone calendar. I even write myself stickie notes now on my MacBook Pro that I see when I take my computer out of sleep mode or return to my desktop to double check. All this makes me feel like I belong in my old college abnormal psychology textbook under checking disorders. Ok, joking! But you get the idea still.
But wait, forgetful me strikes again!
Well back during Christmas 2014, I had notes for all my paid blogging sponsored due dates, website design job due dates, Christmas shopping lists, bills due, my older daughter’s kindergarten winter in-class party (I was her class mom) donation/volunteer list and also a sticky note for the same daughter’s extracurricular activities, including her Daisy Girl Scout Caroling Trip.
The day of the Daisy Caroling and tee minus 3 days until Christmas, was a bit of a blur for me with last minute errands, furniture delivery and baking.
I knew caroling was at 5 pm. Like I said earlier, I had it on my iPhone calendar, pinned a note on my bulletin board and even had a Stickie note for it on my MacBook just in case (always checking here!).
So, ask me if we made it to Daisy caroling?
Yes, we did (checking paid off and proud of that fact at the very least).
So, where was the forgetful me, parenting fail here?
Well, wait for it!
As we pull up, park the car and begin to get out, I see it.
All the Daisy girls in my daughter’s troop are wearing their Daisy Tunics!
And guess who forget her Daisy tunic?
I am raising my hand high on this one and hanging my head in shame all at the same time.
Trust me, I wanted to crawl into a huge hole that would be totally self made.
All the other moms remembered their daughters tunics, but not me.
Even though it really wasn’t a big deal, it still was huge to me as I had done it again and truly forgot something so crucial and important for my daughter.
I mean, I was a Girl Scout, myself, for years and know that the tunic is something that an essential part of the uniform when attending meetings and events.
So, I have no excuse as to why I was forgetful me for this.
It was definitely in the e-mail that was sent to me about the event and guess that my brain was so hung up on the date and time – so as not to miss it like I did Kindergarten orientation that I just forgot that I saw the mention of the girls wearing their tunic that night in that e-mail. And yet deep down, I still should have recalled this, as I said from being a Girl Scout and even caroling, too back in the day.
Worst part of this whole thing though was waiting for my girl’s reaction, which came about 2 minutes into it, when she calmly turned to me and stated evenly, “Mommy, why did you forget my tunic? All the other girls have theirs.”
Totally felt lower then low and like I said no excuse. My husband even had taken a few hours off early from work that day to attend with us and even though he doesn’t even read these e-mails let alone write down stuff like this, he still found time to give me some more sage advice later that night by questioning, “Why don’t you write down all the essentials you need for events like this, when you put it in your calendar and not just the date and time?”
As much as I love my husband, right in the moment, I seriously wanted to physically hurt him (visions of sugarplums and strangling were dancing in my head). But still, he made a valid point.
What have I done to try to rectify this type of forgetful me, mommy fail?
You may have guessed it…
I added details to my calendar events, because I was hoping to hold onto my head for a few more years and also kill my bad habit of forgetting as much as I have in the past. Plus now both girls are in Girl Scouts and I am a troop leader. So, no excuses for missing tunics anymore!
Also, I edited a bit and am now linking this up with Kristi of Finding Ninee for Finish the Sentence Friday. The sentence to finish is “The Things I’ve Forgotten…”