Tuesday, April 1, 2008

WAKE UP, MAMA BEAR!

I was in such a deep sleep.

It was cold in my room and my bed was nice and cozy. My pillows and down comforter never feel as soft and cuddly as they do in the morning after all the kids are out of the house and I am home alone in a quiet room and snuggled in my bed.

I was not dreaming or stirring or wakeful - I was deep into the darkness of my empty mind and I was completely at peace.

That was .... until .....

The phone rang.


CRAP!


"Hello," I always try to sound like I am awake when I answer the phone early in the morning. I never want anyone to realize that I have climbed back into bed - when the rest of the world is awake and living their lives.

"Mom," it is my son. I love how he speaks to me when he calls me on the phone. Honestly ... he is the nicest to me of all my kids, I was thinking and then it occurs to me that ... he is also the only of my children that often calls from school - BECAUSE. HE. HAS. FORGOTTEN. SOMETHING!

"Yes," I say, cautiously.

"Am I going to buy pictures today, Mom?" his voice is so sweet.

CRAP! CRAP! CRAP!


I know the answer, but my groggy mind asks the question anyway, "Is today picture day?"

"Yes, Mom. Am I going to buy pictures?"

"It's group picture day today, right? They are just taking class pictures, right?" Now I am wide awake and sitting up in my nice cozy bed with my cuddly pillows propped behind my back.

"Yes Mom," his voice is still so soft and sweet.

"I didn't send money?" I also knew this answer.

"No. Am I going to buy pictures?" he just keeps asking.


CRAP! CRAP! CRAP!

"Do you want to buy pictures?" I ask, knowing full well that this is not something a small 10 year old boy should be deciding, but so hoping he will say "No, I don't care," and I can push the guilt under my pillow, lay back down, relax and go back to sleep.

"Everyone is buying pictures, Mom," he says softly, never once fluctuating his monotone voice and I imagine him looking around the classroom at his classmates, as we speak, walking their picture-order-forms-with-money up to the teacher's desk - poor Little Billy ... the only neglected child who has no form or money because his mother is hibernating at home while the rest of the children's mothers did their picture-ordering-duty and, of course, are not hibernating, but ... out in the world on this early morning ... living their lives.

"Can you bring money, Mom?" he is the sweetest thing.


CRAP! CRAP! CRAP!


Now ... I have been a mother long enough to know that this is where the conversation was going - I KNEW!

I was just stalling.

"I'll get the money up there, Sweetie," I say, and throw my warm legs over the side of my bed.

"Thanks, Mom," he hangs up.


On the upside ... Now, those that don't know me, would imagine that I jumped out of bed, raced to get myself dressed, ran a brush through my hair, put on my shoes, grabbed my purse and ran up to the school to give my son his picture money so he would not be the only child in his class that did not purchase the 5th grade Class Photo of 2008. But ... those that do know me - like my family and close friends - they know this is probably not the way things happened - at all. They would more likely assume that I slithered out of bed (grumbling A LOT), stumbled over to the window of my bedroom, peeked through the blinds, spied my husband's truck (which indicates that he is still home) and then scribbled out a check quickly, raced like a crazy woman through my house, searching frantically for the father of this boy child - placed the check in his hand and BEGGED HIM TO TAKE THE BOY HIS PICTURE MONEY!

My friends and family would be right - THAT'S WHAT I DID! And then ... I crawled back into my cozy bed.

59 comments:

Tammy said...

Yup. That's what I'd do too. :)

Kelly said...

YAY for your husband! I would have done the exact same thing! :)

dlyn said...

This sounds like a very familiar story! :)

Amanda said...

I know this will one day happen to me! I hope none of the other kids in the class is making a funny face in the picture. :)

Becky said...

And were totally justified in doing so having barely just arrived home from the hospital!

Though your hubby is very kind to do such things, too. ;)

Glad you're back to your usual bloggy self, woman!

Kathryn said...

Oh yes! That is definitely what I would have done too!

Dawn said...

You're a smart woman ;)

Kelli said...

Thats without thinking. since boys father was home....... And you need your rest. Hope your feeling better.

jennifer h said...

Excellent move. And since you're just just just home from the hospital? Definitely the right thing to do.

pb&j in a bowl said...

I would have done the exact same thing. You deserve all the rest you can get!

Eileen said...

Good for you Kellan. You need to stay in that bed and keep resting. Your such a good mom, but I am glad hubby was still home. You need to rest, rest and rest. I want you to get better, 100%
So glad your home. Glad your feeling better. Missed you!
XOXOXOX

mama meji said...

But you just came home from the hosp... Need rest... You're excused for now. Hahaha. But really, we all do this- sometimes.

Are You Serious! said...

♥ I would have done the SAAAAAAAMMMEEE thing! :) I got a call from Emma today that she forgot her script for her play. Luckily she already has all the lines memorized so I asked her if she REALLY needed it. She said, Oh yeah. Nope It's okay! :)

Jodi said...

Ok, good, because I would have done the EXACT same thing.

bermudabluez said...

But you JUST got home from the hospital and I think right now....you are suppposed to be sleeping like a big ole mama bear!! Get your rest, Kellan...lots of it!! You do not want to have a relapse...it's much worse the second time around!! Glad your husband was there to help! Take care, Jeanne

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

So I'm not the only mom that occasionally crawls back into bed? Hallelujah!

Shellie said...

SO, I'm terrible, but I just told them too bad this time. After all , the class pictures were in the fall. But I feel bad about it anyway.

kim-d said...

Hehehehe. Good for you, Kellan Renee! And, have a wonderful day!

Family Adventure said...

Been there, Kellan. Right there with you. :)

Heidi

Bren said...

Ha! I would have done the SAME thing!

TheVasquez3 said...

sounds about right to me!!

oh and i ALWAYS do that "i am totally awake" voice when i answer the phone.

frog ponds rock... said...

heheheheh That Is what I would have done as well.. hahahaha or Failing that I would have rung the school office and blah blah blah organised to pay the money that afternoon..

cheers kim xxx

ps. don't tire yourself out now Kellan.. just concentrate on getting better... xxxxxx

imbeingheldhostage said...

He is NOT the only kid facing these trials (all five of mine experience these character building moments regularly).
Besides, cut yourself some slack-- you're recuperating (and it may take a few years of sleeping in).
I love the honesty in your blog!

Laura said...

We have the same playbook!

Keep feeling better and better!

Flea said...

My husband and I would have gone back and forth for five minutes about who was taking it, and I would have wound up going. Meaning, I would have just gone.

Lie. I would have just said no to the kid. Bad mommy!

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I HATE class picture day. Inevitably, some photographer tries to force Connor to COMB DOWN HIS MOHAWK. "Does your mom know you have that?"

Drives me crazy. Drives him crazy too.

I think I KNOW if my kiddo has a mohawk!!

Hallie

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

I HATE class picture day. Inevitably, some photographer tries to force Connor to COMB DOWN HIS MOHAWK. "Does your mom know you have that?"

Drives me crazy. Drives him crazy too.

I think I KNOW if my kiddo has a mohawk!!

Hallie

Jen said...

Sleeping in...gosh I miss those days. You are totally justified in getting right back into your cozy bed at this point. Milk it, woman, milk it!

marybeth said...

I would have done the same thing if I could!

OHmommy said...

Awesome husband you lucky lady.

I can't WAIT for all my kids to start school. :) Glad you are back!

Amy said...

That would be me too!

Courtney said...

Good for you. I'm glad I'm not the only one because I would have done the.exact.same.thing!

Amanda said...

LOL! I bought all my class photos but on hindsight I should have just saved my mom the money. I have no idea where ANY of them are now. Luckily I have the year books from high school to remind me of how much I hated my hair :)

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Hi, Kellan!

First, I haven't been around in awhile and just found out that you have been sick (sick enough to be in the hospital!) I'm so sorry, and I'm glad you are feeling better and improving! I can SO relate to the picture day story, has happened to me before, too, for various things, books that have been forgotten, homework, etc. I don't mind if I am up, dressed and ready to actually SEE people, but I HATE when they call and I'm still in my jammies! If my husband were home I'd do exactly what you did, throw myself at his mercy and BEG! ;o) Keep getting better and take care!

Lizzy

Steph said...

Kellan,

That seems to be the perfect way to handle the situation. After all your husband is going out anyway right. Not to mention that you have been sick and need to take it easy.

Steph

Marie said...

Good for you, Kellan!

Melissa said...

I'm glad you got to crawl back into your bed! Rest and relaxation is what you need!

Leah said...

Hey, the father of the boy child was leaving the house anyway... righ? And you're still recovering. So, see, it happened exactly as it should have!

I want to crawl back into my nice cozy bed, btw!

Carl & Kathy Heppner said...

Welcome back Kellan! I'm glad that you took the best way and sent Billy to drop off the cheque. That's exactly what I would have done.

Patti said...

You know what? I would have done the exact.same.thing!!! Yay for comfy cozy beds and cold rooms!

tricki_nicki said...

Phew, thank goodness hubby was still home! You're a girl after my very own heart. I hate getting up in the morning!

Val Cox said...

you are one smart woman! I love how you chronicle our lives so well, what mother hasn't a similar experience--I love it!

Julie said...

Hey! You did your part! You WROTE out the check! *lol* ... Sounded like a good plan to me! :D

my wonderful men... said...

Quick thinking always makes up for that mommy ooooppps.

What a good hubby you have.

E said...

Must you be reminded that you have JUST gotten out of the hospital...and that "JUST" has minimally a four week window, longer wth the people in the grocery store whom you run into that want you to chair the cookie drive, as in "Oh gosh, umm, I better not I JUST got out of the hospital"
Maybe a little less with the husbands of the world. But seriously at least 4 weeks!

Laurie M. said...

That's exactly what I'd do too!

Joanna said...

I knew I liked you for a reason! Why do you think I homeschool? So I don't have to get up in the morning. Mornings and me don't mix. Of course the having to teach them something sort of bit me in the butt. :)

Pam said...

Sounds like a good plan to me! Why do it when you can get dad to help out!

Hope you are feeling a bit better each day and gaining your strength back!

Shally said...

What a sweet boy. Mine would have said, "Umm, MOM. You forgot my money. I need it. Thanks" CLICK.

Kaci said...

I love your blog so much!! YOU MAKE ME LAUGH! Glad you are feeling better and that's so what I would do! :)

Meg said...

I am so glad you are back and feeling better! Now, about picture day, oh my gosh...I have had that happen to me, more so when they got older...they would simply FORGET to give me the picture order/money form...and many, many times, one of us made a mad dash to the school so our kids wouldn't be the only ones who didn't get to get their picture taken that day!

Wishing you more feeling better days,
Meg

kimmy said...

I would have done the same thing...

Kimmy

Amy said...

I would have done exactly the same thing..LOL..glad you're back and hope you're feeling better...

Rachel said...

Kellan-one thing I have learned about you is that you are realistic and so the story sounds pretty right-find the man and beg. Glad your feeling better. HUGS

Kami said...

Exactly what I would have done. I mean there is no sense in both of you going out is there?

:-)

Yvette said...

And that is EXACTLY what I would have done - See all of us "great mom's" think alike. HA!

Take Care!
Yvette

Anna said...

Hey! You are still RECOVERING! There's no shame in that! ;-)

Angela said...

I would be doing thecrap thing too

Glad you didn't have to leave the house.

carrie said...

It is such a relief to know that I'm not the only one who pretends to sound awake when I answer the phone!

I also forget to give my kids things they need for school once in a while too! :)

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