So school is out, and we get into the car. Both of us tired from a long day and hungry, which is a lethal combination. Lyric want the radio on, so I turn it to her favorite station because I don't have a preference today and we listen to the music on our way home.
But I want to know how her day went. So I think of which question to ask her today. I know better than the generic "how was your day?" which will indefinitly be followed with a "fine."
As my daughter sat across from me in the booth at Denny's, she tried to figure out which smiley face pancake to order. I barely took ten seconds deciding to pick the western omelet with wheat toast.
After the waitress took our order, we talked about our day to each other as we both worked out the puzzles and games on the paper kids menu. Lyric loves to ask about my day, and I always have ways to get her to tell me about hers. See that post here
As I sit next to my ten year old's bed, she reads her "Girls World" magazine to me. As she finishes, she turns to her sleeping position. "Mommy, can you rub my feet and tell me a story?"
When Lyric was much younger I told her stories almost nightly. Silly stories, beautiful stories, even stories I stole from movies that she never saw so she would still think I was making them up. That was mostly on the nights I just wanted to go to bed. Bed time has always been our quality/irreplaceable time together.
Do you follow those perfect moms on Instagram? The ones that look like they have it all figured out? What about that mom in your kids class that always over does the other moms when it comes to party snacks and participation at school functions? They seem like super mom. You see them and think they have life figured out, they never yell at their kids, and their house is probably perfectly in order.
Me, on the other hand: I’m just a normal mother, teacher, nothing to be admired. Just like most of you, I'm the every day mom trying to get by. I have stress, I yell at my child, I cry in the shower about my guilt from being a "bad mom" sometimes. I'm no different than most.
Just a girl trying not to suck at life and attempting to help other moms.
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