|The always entertaining and insightful Sherry Ellis|
Even Mamas Make Mistakes
It was my daughter’s big day – graduation from kindergarten. We put it on the calendar and counted down the days.
To commemorate the occasion, parents were invited to come in to school for a little celebration and watch the kindergarteners sing. Day after day, I listened to my daughter diligently practice her songs. She even showed me the dance moves that went with them. She was bubbling over with excitement.
Finally, the big day arrived. “Mama, don’t forget!” my daughter reminded me as we went to the bus stop.
Later in the day, I took my four-year-old son to the nature preserve. We hiked along, admiring the flowers, chasing butterflies, and poking under rocks, uncovering worms and other assorted critters. We even found a cute little box turtle.
Time passed quickly. Soon it was time to pick up my daughter at the bus stop. Only when she stepped off the bus did I realize I had completely forgotten about her big day. Her sad little face told the whole story. My heart dropped to the ground. How could I have forgotten? I was absolutely the worst mom on the planet! I could never go back and see my little girl celebrate her graduation from kindergarten.
“Oh, honey,” I said rushing over to her and wrapping my arms around her. “I’m so sorry I forgot.”
“You were the only parent not there,” she said.
That made me feel even worse.
For the rest of the day, I tried to make up for it by giving her extra attention, but I could tell she was still upset.
Finally, it was bedtime. I read a story and tucked the blankets around her. “I’m really sorry,’ I said. “I messed up big time. Will you forgive me?”
She looked at me with her big blue eyes and nodded. “It’s okay, Mama. I still love you. I know even Mamas make mistakes.” Then she paused. “Do you want to see the show?”
Tears welled up in my eyes. “Yes, I’d love to see it.”
My daughter crawled out of bed and did the whole thing – every song, every dance.
When she was done, I gave her a hearty round of applause. Not just for her performance, but for her kind and thoughtful soul. I am truly blessed to be the mother of such a wonderful person!
Was there ever a time that you made a mistake as a mom? How did you apologize? How did your child react?