Wednesday, May 23, 2012

In Celebration of Mothers - Sherry Ellis of "Mama Diaries"

The always entertaining and insightful Sherry Ellis
Today it is my great pleasure to introduce you to Sherry Ellis, who writes about family life over at "Mama Diaries".  Sherry is a professional musician and author and, in her spare time (!), she writes about her daily life with her children and their many pets (the best stories, of course, are those about her pseudo-rambunctious German Shepherd).  She has two published children's books, That Baby Woke Me Up Again!, and That Mama is a Grouch.  Sherry's posts are always cute and to the point, so sit back and enjoy and when you're finished here go check out some of her other posts over at "Mama Diaries"!

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?

21 comments:

  1. Sherry, thank you so much for being here today. What a great testament to the ability to ask for, and to receive, forgiveness. I loved this story!

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    1. Thanks for having me as a guest. I have to laugh at your description under my picture - always entertaining and insightful. Ha! I hope everyone enjoys reading about my Mama Mess-up.

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    2. But, it's the truth! I love it that you find so much joy in everyday life. And you take everything in stride. That's why your stories resonate so well with your readers :-)

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  2. Great story as usual at your sea, things always happen and we must just accept that I suppose and yes lucky to have such a wonderful daughter.

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    1. I'm very lucky to have such a wonderful daughter! Now if my son can just forgive me for missing his first grade poetry reading...

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    2. Sherry, that boy better come around soon, or you're really going to have quite the menagerie over at your place! (Of course, it may lend to even more great stories....)

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  3. Sherry, thanks for sharing this story. As a mom, I've made my share of mistakes. So sweet that your daughter shared the dances/songs with you.

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    1. I think just about every mom has messed up at one time or another. I feel so bad when I do. It's nice when your child can forgive you!

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    2. I love the dancing and singing at the end of the evening, too. And I also love it that Sherry finally fesses up and apologizes - such a strong statement there about owning up to one's mistakes and how easily others can forgive.

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  4. oh wow--i've done too many of these mistakes to count--they still make me guilty---thanks for the sweet story and reminder!

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    1. Lynn, haven't we all? But it's so great that Sherry shares her story with us to remind us that we're all humans. :-)

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    2. I'm still messing up. Just the other day, I forgot to go to my son's poetry reading session. He's still pretty upset about it! I think I must have rocks in my head!

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  5. I've made so many mistakes already, and my kids are only two and five. I suspect there will be many more mistakes to come...

    Thanks for sharing this story. It's always good to know I'm not alone. :)

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    1. Dana, the mistakes aren't as important as the lessons we learn from them :-)

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    2. Welcome to the world of motherhood! I think something happens to our brains during childbirth. (At least that's what I use for my excuse!)

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    1. Her stories are always like this, Tina. Lots of love mixed with some humor all delivered with Sherry's easing-going demeanor. Fun stuff!

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  7. Oh Sherry, I can imagine how you felt because I've forgotten things for my children too. I have apologized to my kids and they always forgive me. Children have big hearts and realize we all make mistakes.

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    1. I love it that you have such a great relationship with your kids! It's so important to teach them that we are all human :-)

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    2. Thank God for their big hearts! And yes, Dawn, it's good to have such a solid relationship where we can forgive each other's mistakes.

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